New QPR striker Idrissa Sylla

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Idrissa Sylla playing for Guinea. Picture: Action Images


Nick Skoric

By Nick Skoric

My friends in Belgium tell me Idrissa Sylla has a touch of the Loic Remy about him with his lightning speed but is a little lightweight in the muscles department so the new QPR striker will have a tough time breaking into the starting line up.

Bulky Polter is looking more at home in a Hoops shirt and Washington is improving to be a decent back up so Sylla needs to get those gym sessions in like many other players who come over from the continent.

The Guinean international is the number nine the Rangers board have been in search for with the speed to give the Championship defenders the heebie jeebies.

“Everyone knows we were looking for another number nine. This was not easy to find, but we are very happy to find this boy and do this business,” said Hasselbaink.

“He is very good in the air, and scores quite a lot of goals with his head. He is technically very good, and we feel he will add to the squad.

“We also feel there is a lot of improvement in him. He can get better and stronger.

“I see him as an out-and-out striker. He is going to come in and ght against Sebastian Polter and Conor Washington.

“I am thankful for the work that has been done behind the scenes. Les has done a lot of work here, and the owners have supported us. Now the hard work starts to try to get him ready as quickly as possible for the pace of the Championship.”

The 25-year-old has the correct work ethic and attitude that matches that instilled into the camp by Hasselbaink which was missing in previous R’s signings.

Two little Chileans come to mind.

There is no need to worry with the former Anderlecht man though who is solely itching to get some game time.

“This is a very exciting move for me,” said Sylla. “I have always dreamt about playing football in England and the opportunity to join QPR was something that
really appealed to me.

“Les (Ferdinand) and Jimmy (Floyd Hasselbaink) both made me feel really wanted and I had a good feeling about QPR from the moment I heard about their interest in me. I am pleased to be here and can’t wait to get started.”

With two big home games coming up starting with Blackburn on Saturday followed by Newcastle United a few days later; there is a chance the new signing will get a cameo role and give us a chance to see if he really does have a touch of the Loic Remy or not.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and unless specifically stated are not necessarily those of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.

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