Ian Holloway raves about Faurlin, says he was desperate to sign him at Millwall

The Queens Park Rangers midfielder has been tipped to make the difference against Fulham on Friday.

Former QPR boss and current pundit Ian Holloway feels Alejandro Faurlin is a fantastic midfielder who will have a huge say in the west London side's clash with Fulham on Friday night, according to his regular predictions column for Sky Sports.

Such a fan of Faurlin's is Holloway that he even tried to sign him at Millwall and, in his own words, was 'desperate' to bring him on board.

Indeed, the former manager believes the 29-year-old is a credit to QPR and has praised his ability to address both the attacking and defensive sides of the game.

Holloway told Sky Sports: "Alejandro Faurlin will have a huge say in the game - QPR haven't lost when he's started this season. I was desperate to sign him at Millwall. I think he's a fantastic player and he's been a credit to the football club since he's been there.

"I did some homework on him when I tried to sign him and everyone told me he's a wonderful professional. He's the sort of player that goes unmentioned. He's got a wonderful left foot and can dictate the pace of a game. It's great to see him back in the team.

"Some midfield players aren't real midfield players. They are too attack minded. Faurlin does both sides of it. You can't just play the piano as a midfield player, you've got to help carry it on the stage. He does both sides of the job in abundance. He's the perfect example of marrying the two together."

On the Fulham result itself, Holloway has backed old club QPR to win 2-1, although there have been suggestions from fans that boss Chris Ramsey will be under pressure if the R's lose the derby clash.

Supporters are no doubt pleased to see Faurlin back in action this season, though, and the 29-year-old may well play a huge part in the Fulham game.

One can only hope the QPR midfielder doesn't suffer yet further injury problems, as his luck has been simply rotten over the years.

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