BRIGHT Osayi-Samuel believes next season will be a big one for him as he looks to take his game to the next level after being named Daphne Biggs Supporters’ Young Player of the Year for 2018/19.
The 21-year-old joined Rangers from Blackpool at the start of last season but was limited to just six starts in his first term at Loftus Road.
While he has had to be similarly patient this year, Osayi-Samuel has become more of a regular in the final throes of the season, starting six of the last nine games.
“It’s really pleasing to win that and I am really grateful to the fans for voting for me,” he told www.qpr.co.uk following Rangers’ 1-0 home defeat to Nottingham Forest at the weekend.
“I have to take that into next season and work on it. I feel next season is a big one for me. I want to get more goals and assists, that has to be my aim.”
Osayi-Samuel admits QPR’s loss to Forest in their final home game of the season was tough to take.
Karim Ansarifard scored the only goal of the match while Nahki Wells missed a late penalty for Rangers.
“It was a very frustrating afternoon,” said the R’s winger.
“I thought overall we played well but it was one of those games where we just weren’t clinical enough in their box.
“It sums up our season really. In a lot of these games we have matched our opponents in terms of our battling and our quality but the end product hasn’t been there for us, we haven’t been able to get the goals when we have created the openings.
“It’s very disappointing. Over the course of the game I thought our general play was good and that’s something we have to try to take into next season.
“We just have to make sure we work hard on that end product.”
With one match remaining this season – Sunday’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday – Osayi-Samuel is already thinking about the 2019/20 campaign.
“I think next year is going to be a big one for a lot of players her,” he added. “What we have to do is produce on a consistent basis, week in, week out.
“Lewis (Walker) came in on Saturday to make his debut and played well. And then there are players out on loan like Ilias Chair and Paul Smyth who have done well.
“They are going to come back with confidence, and then it’s down to all of us to put that all together for next season and showcase our ability.
“Already I can’t wait for it.”