QPR boss McClaren happy to have selection dilemmas for West Brom trip
PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 August 2018
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Rs won in Carabao Cup on Tuesday night despite making six changes and some of those who came in impressed
Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren admits he may have some selection dilemmas for the trip to West Bromwich Albion in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.
The former England boss made six changes to face Peterborough United in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, a game the Rs won 2-0.
Some of those that came into the side certainly did their chances of starting on Saturday no harm, with Conor Washington and Pawel Wszolek among those to impress.
The cup win was QPR’s first triumph of the term, and McClaren remains on the lookout for his first league success in charge of the Loftus Road club.
The 57-year-old will hope that comes at The Hawthorns this weekend, and McClaren says the win over Peterborough has given him plenty of food for thought.
“Pre-season is fine and lovely and flowery, but it’s when the real games start that you learn about your players,” he said.
“That’s what we’re doing; we learnt at Preston North End and changed, learnt against Sheffield United and learnt against Peterborough.
“Everyone one of the players in the squad and dressing room has a chance of getting into this team.
“I still don’t know the best XI and I still don’t know the best system, and I’m looking at experimenting a little bit, but keeping the principles of possession football.”
On his seasonal bow against Peterborough in Tuesday, Wszolek wasted little time in impressing as he netted QPR’s second goal in just the sixth minute.
McClaren was pleased the Poland international made the most of his chance, and also revealed he was an admirer of Wszolek long before taking over as Rs manager.
“I’ve always liked Pawel. He came late for pre-season so he’s a week or two behind, but he deserved his opportunity,” added the 57-year-old.
“We need consistency in the wide areas and energy, and he provided us with that. I’ve always liked Pawel and I remember when QPR signed him and I thought he was very good.
“I remember his goal at Fulham last season and he showed his experience on Tuesday.”
Wszolek will hope his goal has earned him a first start of the season in the league when the Rs make the trip to the Midlands to face Darren Moore’s Baggies this coming Saturday.
*QPR will host Sky Bet League One side Bristol Rovers in the second round of the Carabao Cup. The tie will take place on the week commencing August 27.
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