Bruno Andrade has wasted little time settling in at Wycombe following his recent one-month loan move.
The 19 year-old made an impressive debut against Portsmouth seven days ago, playing the full game as Wanderers won 3-1 on the south-coast to progress in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
And on Saturday the Chairboys continued their recent revival under the caretaker management of former R’s favourite Gareth Ainsworth, with a shock 1-0 victory against League Two high-flyers Fleetwood – with Andrade on the scoresheet!
“I am very happy with how things have gone so far,” the tricky winger told www.qpr.co.uk. “I had a good debut against Portsmouth and felt I did well at the weekend too.”
Andrade’s ninth-minute strike was his first professional goal. Having scored regularly during his progression through the youth system at QPR, it perhaps comes as no surprise that Andrade knew exactly what to do when the opportunity presented itself in front of goal.
“From what I can remember, I managed to get past the left back and got it onto my left foot,” he recalls. “As soon as I did that, I only had one thing in my mind and thankfully I scored.”
QPR fans know all about Ainsworth’s passion and love for the game following his seven-year spell in W12, and Andrade is certainly making the most of his time with the ‘Wild Thing’.
“I am enjoying every minute there, working under him,” he said. “He’s a nice guy and he’s always encouraging me, telling me what to do and helping me.
“We play in similar positions so it’s really useful for me. He always tells me to enjoy myself when I play.
“He works the lads very hard but he knows how to take care of the boys as well. The training sessions with him are great and I think that shows on the pitch.”
Playing regularly in the Football League means Andrade will get to experience the more physical side of the English game – and it’s something he has already noticed!
“It’s a bit tough,” he said with a smile. “I’ve had one or two knocks already but that’s something I have to get used to if I want to make it as a professional footballer.”
Having been on the fringes of the first team at Loftus Road for some time – Andrade made his debut almost two years ago in a 3-1 Championship win against Preston – the youngster recognises this is a crucial point in his development.
“This is a very important part of my career,” he said. “I’m learning every day, and I am getting to know more and more about the game. That’s the whole point of this move – to learn. Hopefully it will benefit my career.”