QPR's Bruno Andrade is currently on loan at Wycombe Wanderers under the tutelage of former R's stalwart Gareth Ainsworth, who admits he is being forced to put himself on the bench due to his sensational start to life at Adams Park. So does he have a future in the Premier League?
The Premier League’s top clubs are always sending out their future stars on loan-deals and those talents receive a lot of praise in the press with their performances at a lower level but in the past we have also highlighted the success of Florent Cuvelier, the winger making waves at Walsall on loan from Stoke City and another tricky wing wizard is having an impact in the lower leagues with Wycombe Wanderers.
"He's an exciting young player. It's a challenge for him now to try to get into the first team squad. There will be a lot of people looking at Bruno over the next few years, so we are delighted he has committed to QPR."
Those were the words of Neil Warnock when Bruno Andrade signed his first professional deal with the R’s back in October 2010. Born in Portugal but raised in London the 19-year-old from Viseu signed on at the Loftus Road based club as a 13-year-old year old in 2006.
While progressing through the ranks he caught the eye of another winger at the club, Gareth Ainsworth. The 39-year-old played over 150 times during his seven-year spell in White City, even becoming caretaker manager on two separate occasions as QPR chopped and change their managing positions.
Now the caretaker at Adams Park for struggling League Two side Wycombe Wanderers he remembered Bruno from his time with The Hoops and has brought him in on a one-month-loan deal, the results of which have been instantly recognisable.
"Hopefully his signing will add to our attacking prowess and I look forward to seeing him in a Wycombe shirt."
He starred in a 30 minute cameo against Portsmouth to give credence to the managers claims and went on to go one better against Fleetwood Town as his tricky wing-play opened up an opportunity for a left-foot strike that beat the Town keeper hands down.
Ainsworth is in no doubt of his quality:
‘’He'll definitely be a good player at a top club one day.’’
If he continues to perform so well he may be given an extended chance to shine in Buckinghamshire with The Chairboys as they begin to finally pick up momentum at the wrong end of the Football League. The only stumbling block is the man he is currently forcing out the team, is the player-gaffer Ainsworth himself:
"He's up against it because I'm the manager as well."
But can he impress Mark Hughes in a similar fashion?
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