Jay Emmanuel-Thomas admits QPR spell hasn't gone as he intended

QPR Crest

Queens Park Rangers striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas made his first league start for the club against Bolton Wanderers last weekend.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has told the Kilburn Times that his move to Queens Park Rangers has not worked out as he intended so far.

The powerful forward has had limited opportunities for Chris Ramsey's side, and he only made his first league start in the R's most recent game against Bolton Wanderers.

Emmanuel-Thomas scored twice in that game, to help the R's to a 4-3 victory, and he is now hoping to see more minutes. 

“We’ve got a big squad, loads of good players, and sometimes it’s all about waiting,” the former Arsenal man admitted. “I’ve had to wait until October for my first league start, which is not what I would have intended, but it’s happened and when it’s time for me to play I’ll show what I can do.

“You’d never think you’re not going to start a game [until now], but with the form Charlie [Austin's] been in there’s not much you can do. You can’t say much when your striker has scored as many goals in as many games as him, so you just have to keep quiet.”

Emmanuel-Thomas has been given his chance due to Charlie Austin picking up an injury, and he will be looking to stake his claim over the coming weeks.

The R's need someone to step up to fill the goalscoring void created by Austin's absence, meaning that the pressure is on Emmanuel-Thomas to impress.

The 24-year-old has a lot to prove, having walked away from Bristol City over the summer, and he also steps into the R's team at a time when frustrations are growing at Loftus Road.

Rangers have been inconsistent over the course of the campaign so far, but they will hope to start climbing the Championship table when they return to action after the international break. 

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch