QPR boss backs former Burton ace to be big hit at Loftus Road
PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 February 2016
QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has every faith Nasser El Khayati will be a big success at Loftus Road.
The pair, who worked together at Burton Albion, were reunited on deadline day after Rangers clinched a £350,000 deal to bring the Dutchman to Loftus Road.
And Hasselbaink, who brought the 26-year-old to England from the Dutch amateur ranks just over a year ago, is delighted to have the forward at his disposal again.
He said: “I know him well and he’s a good character. He wants to work hard and wants to keep improving.
“He’s a very technical player – something totally different to what we have. He likes to take people on and create.
“He’s a wide player, who can also play off the front if we need him to. He prefers to play from the left because he can go both ways – in or out.
“He is a player that the supporters will like. He’s from Moroccan origin, so he tries to play with that flair.”
The former PSV Eindhoven youngster scored 11 goals in just 44 appearances during his spell at the Pirelli Stadium, and Hasselbaink is confident he can make the step up from League One to the Championship, just like he handled the move from League Two with Albion.
He added: “This will be a step up (and) there’s a lot more to come from him. But we are confident he can continue to improve here.
“He’s somebody that I firmly believe will succeed at QPR. He really wanted to come here and play for the club.”
El Khayati, who can operate as a winger as well as a striker. admitted that the chance to link up with his former boss was too good an opportunity to turn down.
“I am very happy to sign for QPR and work again with Jimmy,” said Khayati, who has eight goals to his name this season.
“He has been a big help for me on and off the pitch during my time here in England.
“I have developed as a player with him and I am looking forward to continuing to improve at QPR.
“Hard work has got me to this stage in my career but I want to progress even further now.
“I found my way at Burton and I am confident I will find my way with QPR too.
“I am more than confident that I can do it and with hard work, I believe I will have a positive impact here.
“I am excited about playing for QPR and can’t wait to show the supporters what I can do.”