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Simpson knows the score

PUBLISHED: 17:07 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:47 24 August 2010

By Ben Kosky JAY Simpson says he would welcome a more intense battle for his place in the side if QPR buy another forward in January. Rangers are believed to be preparing a renewed bid for Leeds hotshot Jermaine Beckford and have also expressed interest i

By Ben Kosky

JAY Simpson says he would welcome a more intense battle for his place in the side if QPR buy another forward in January.

Rangers are believed to be preparing a renewed bid for Leeds hotshot Jermaine Beckford and have also expressed interest in Watford's Nathan Ellington, with Heidar Helguson a likely makeweight in any deal.

But Arsenal loanee Simpson, who is the club's leading scorer after netting his eighth goal in 16 appearances last weekend, is unconcerned by such speculation.

"Competition will only make you better, so I would welcome another player coming in," said Simpson, who turned 21 this week. "You never know, it could be someone I'd link up well with and play off.

"Some people might drag their legs if there wasn't competition and I think it's important that doesn't happen. I'm enjoying myself at the moment - I'm playing every week and I'm scoring goals.

"When I play I always feel confident I can score. The manager hasn't set me a target but, when you look at the end of the season the top scorer's on 20-plus goals, so I'll aim for the same."

Simpson - who spent much of his previous loan spells, at Millwall and West Brom, in a wider role - initially struggled to cope with the burden of leading the line after joining Rangers in September.

But he really flourished after Wayne Routledge was pushed forward to play alongside him in the home game against Preston and both scored as the Rs thumped their opponents 4-0.

"I've played out wide before and it can be difficult playing up top by yourself," Simpson admitted. "There have been certain games where I've been isolated.

"But I enjoy the task and I'm up for it every time. We like to play a quick tempo and we've got some very talented players so, if you make runs up front, they will look for you.

"We do well against the big clubs and it's important to pick up points against the teams around us - when Middlesbrough come down here next Saturday we'll make it difficult for them.


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