Leeds-linked winger Matt Phillips is 'on fire', says QPR manager Chris Ramsey

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Queens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey has praised the impact of 'on fire' winger Matt Phillips.

After Harry Redknapp resigned as Queens Park Rangers manager just days into February, a number of big names were linked with the Loftus Road job.

Michael Laudrup and Tim Sherwood were believed to be among the frontrunners, according to The Times, but chairman Tony Fernandes plumped for Chris Ramsey.

The caretaker manager, formerly a coach at Tottenham, landed the job on a permanent basis after leading his side to a 2-0 win at Sunderland last week.

That was QPR's first away win of the season, and Ramsey had winger Matt Phillips to thank after a superb display at the Stadium of Light.

The 23-year-old was a bit-part figure under Redknapp, but played a starring role against Sunderland, providing two superb crosses for goals from Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora - and Ramsey told the club's official website that Phillips is in great form right now.

"The good thing at the moment is that we have got Matty Phillips on fire," said Ramsey. "He had two assists the other night and we know that if we provide chances we always have a hope of slotting one. Our main thing is to play on the front foot and try and create as many chances as possible."

Yet just two weeks ago, Phillips was a target for Leeds United, with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting that Neil Redfearn's men wanted to bring him to Elland Road on loan.

That deal didn't go through, and judging by Phillips' recent performances, it doesn't look like the Whites have any hope of landing the Scottish international again.

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