QPR striker’s ‘shock’ at being left out of squad
QPR outcast Patrick Agyemang admits it came as ‘a big shock’ when he was omitted from Rangers’ 25-man squad earlier this season.
Agyemang, who is currently on a month’s loan at Millwall, featured in two of the Rs’ first three Premier League fixtures, only to be axed when the club submitted their list of 25 on September 1.
And the 31-year-old striker, who is in the final year of his contract at Loftus Road, was astounded to receive no prior warning of his fate from Rangers manager Neil Warnock.
“I’d played the last two games before the transfer window shut, so once the window had passed I thought I was going to be involved,” Agyemang told london24.com.
“I wasn’t told anything beforehand. Obviously the manager had a boost in the budget, he was able to bring in whoever he wanted and that’s what happens in football, but it’s upsetting when it happens to you.
“It was a big shock and I was low on confidence because of the situation. You’re just training for yourself, really, because you know no matter how hard you work you can’t get into the team.
“Now I’ve just got to get on with it and my loyalty’s to Millwall at the moment. I’ve got to keep fit and try and make an impact – I can’t really worry about QPR.”
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The Ghana international is one of Rangers’ longest-serving players – he joined them in a �350,000 move from Preston in January 2008, and immediately struck a purple patch with eight goals in six matches.
But injuries and the frequent changes of manager hampered Agyemang’s efforts to hold down a regular place in the side and the majority of his 19 appearances last season came as a substitute.
Now he is aiming for a new lease of life at the Den – although his arrival has coincided with a major improvement in Millwall’s form, with Darius Henderson and Jay Simpson both among the goals in their recent three-match winning run.
The resurgent Lions followed up their 3-0 victory at Leicester with back-to-back home successes against Ipswich and Coventry to move clear of the Championship relegation zone.
“Basically, just speaking to the manager, Kenny Jackett, made me keen to come down and I’m enjoying it, even though I haven’t played as much as I wanted to,” Agyemang added.
“Obviously I played with Jay at QPR and I used to play up front with Darius at Gillingham about seven years ago, so I’ve got a good relationship with those two.
“We’ve got a good variety of strikers in the squad and competition for places, so that brings the standard up a bit. Every striker wants to get goals, but it’s also important to be part of a team that wants you.”