The phrase ‘dream debut’ came to mind when watching Ilias Chair in action for Stevenage on Saturday.
The 21-year-old midfielder moved to Broadhall Way from QPR on the final day of the January transfer window and, less than 48 hours later, he was lining up in the heart of the midfield for Dino Maamria’s side in a 1-0 win against Yeovil Town in League Two.
Alex Revell scored the winner against the Glovers but Chair was the star of the show. He ran the game from the centre of the park, impressing with his creativity and work rate while drawing comparisons with one-time Stevenage hero Luke Freeman - who ironically is now a Queens Park Rangers player.
So the gushing praise from Boro fans on Twitter should be music to the ears of QPR with Chair tipped for a bright future at Loftus Road.
Stevenage FC ⚪ (@StevenageFC) February 3, 2019
Great news his debut went well. He’s class, so glad he’ll get a decent run of games, exactly what he needs— Matt (@Mattqpr100) February 3, 2019
He was amazing yesterday didn't stop running and battling throughout the whole game. Great asset to the team— Amanda Harwood (@blondey_116) February 3, 2019
Good result for @StevenageFC here at Broadhall Way. Have to say I've been very impressed with new Boro loan signing Ilias Chair from QPR. Read @JournoDanM's on the whistle match report and player ratings @Comet_Sport now. See my analysis of QPR's Elias Chair @thecomet24 newspaper https://t.co/M7FrTiBm0F— Layth (@laythy29) February 2, 2019
Can’t remember the last time I got excited about a Stevenage player picking up the ball and driving at opposition players, knowing Ilias Chair might create something. Great debut yesterday.— Lewis Collins (@lewiscollinsss) February 3, 2019
Ilias Chair is such a fun player to watch, reminds me of when we first got Freemen. He brings this freshness and confidence to the team. He was up front, helping on defense. Good all over! MOTM for me @StevenageFC— Katieee120 (@katieee120) February 2, 2019
A skilful midfielder who has represented Morocco at U23 level despite being born in Belgium, Chair is one a number of highly-rated young talents who could provide the platform for an exciting future at Loftus Road.
And the rapid rise of Eberechi Eze gives Chair a fine example to follow.
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