QPR youngster has to be patient
TEENAGE striker Antonio German is content to wait for his chance at Yeovil – and determined to catch Neil Warnock’s eye when the opportunity comes.
The QPR boss sent German on loan to the struggling League One club until the end of the season to gain first team experience, yet the Harlesden youngster has been restricted to the substitutes’ bench so far.
But German, 19, is confident his spell at Huish Park will prove worthwhile, not least because Warnock gave the move his stamp of approval after youth team coach Marc Bircham had recommended the player to his old club.
“The Yeovil manager [Terry Skiverton] watched me in friendlies against Tottenham and Charlton, he spoke to Birchy afterwards and said he really liked me,” German told the Times.
“I’m enjoying myself down here and the manager said he wants to ease me into the team, so I have to be patient. I’m waiting for my opportunity and then I have to grab it with both hands.
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“If I can get a few games under my belt and score a few goals, then I hope I can get the attention of Neil Warnock, that’s my main goal. I feel he knows what’s best for me.
“When the gaffer feels a club’s not right for me – and that’s happened a couple of times – then he’ll say so. I like that and I’ll 100 per cent listen to him because it shows that he actually cares about what we’re doing.”
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German, who emerged through the youth team, was handed his senior debut by Paulo Sousa two years ago and, after a brief loan period at Aldershot, went on to score on his first start against Doncaster.
Warnock earmarked the young striker for further loans soon after taking over as Rangers boss and, although German made three appearances at the start of this season, he was sent to Southend for a spell in November.
But the move failed to work out and Warnock was quick to bring German back to Loftus Road before agreeing to let him link up with ex-youth team colleague Max Ehmer, already on loan to Yeovil.
“It’s always good to have another player you know and Max is doing really well for Yeovil,” German added. “They had four clean sheets in his first four games and he’s starting most weeks.
“This is a good club to come to – the place is quite relaxed and the team spirit’s very good even though unfortunately we’ve been in the relegation zone. But it’s good to be playing for something.
“Everyone here is 100 per cent focused on staying up. I think it also helps when you know you’re staying for a few months – you get used to how the team play and you feel part of the team rather than just a loanee.”
German has made three substitute appearances so far for Yeovil, the most recent of them on Tuesday night as the Glovers went down 1-0 to league leaders Brighton.