Grant Hall can reach the very top, insists QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
PUBLISHED: 06:00 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:24 24 February 2016
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QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Grant Hall has what it takes to play at the highest level.
The defender, one of Rangers’ stand-out performers this season, was again in impressive form on Tuesday night as Hasselbaink’s men secured a hard-earned point in a 1-1 draw at high-flying Sheffield Wednesday.
While the former Burton Albion boss believes Hall has plenty of room to improve, he is very optimistic about what the future holds for the 24-year-old.
He said: “He’s a young centre-half that is really getting to the level he is capable of producing now.
“We really think highly of him, but there is still a lot of improvement for him to make in his game.
“He needs regular games, and he needs situations which will test him.
“We definitely feel he will be get to the top, though. He has a lot of ability.
“He was excellent (against Sheffield Wednesday). We just need to try and get that level of performance and consistency from him on a regular basis, which he is more than capable of doing.”
Despite surrendering the lead again, a common theme throughout Hasselbaink’s spell in W12 to date, he was pleased to take away a point from his side’s meeting with Carlos Carvalhal’s men - who he has backed to be challenging for promotion come May.
He added: “If you come here to Hillsborough – with the form they are in – and get a point, then you are happy.
“They’ve only lost once here all season and rarely drop points, they are a very good side.
“This is such a difficult place to come and I expect them to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.
“I like how they play and go about things but we matched them.
“We were strong, we were stubborn and stood up to the test tonight.
“When you go 1-0 up, you would like to see the game out. But we couldn’t and that owed much to Sheffield Wednesday and the way they fought back.
“I’m happy with the point though – and we move on.”
He continued: “We need to be able to go to difficult places like this and come away with points.
“We need to sustain the club in the right way. Of course we want to be in the top six, but you have to be realistic.”
Next up the Rs take on play-off chasing Birmingham City, who will be eyeing a double over the Rs having beaten them 2-1 in the reverse fixture at St Andrew’s in October.
“This will be another tough game for us,” admitted Hasselbaink. “They will provide a different test, so we must execute our game plan well to get a win.”
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