PAWEL Wszolek has settled well at QPR – his two recent winning goals are testament to that – but the Polish winger says he is working hard to improve his English, which he believes will have a positive impact for him on the pitch.
After a spell with Sampdoria, Wszolek joined Rangers on a season-long loan from Verona. While he is adept in Italian, and studied German at school, English is a new language for him to master.
Speaking through a translator at the Harlington training ground for this interview, Wszolek told www.qpr.co.uk: “It is all part of the settling-in process for me.
“I am having lessons, and working hard because it is important for me to know the language of my team-mates.
“Language is an essential part of playing football, and more than this. As well as being able to talk with my team-mates, and laugh with them, it will help me everywhere – on the pitch, in the dressing room, and in normal life.”
Despite the language barrier, the 24 year-old has been touched by the warmth he has felt since moving to west London.
“As soon as I came to the club, everyone here did everything they could to welcome me and make me feel good,” he said.
“People were always asking if I needed anything, it has the feeling of a big family here which is great for me.
“I have been made to feel so welcome, and this is so important for a player who is coming to a new club, especially when it is a new country.
“I feel great here and I want to transfer this feeling into my performances on the pitch.”
Wszolek has certainly managed to do that in recent weeks, scoring crucial late winners against Wolves and Ipswich Town to help move QPR away from the Championship relegation zone.
While his goals have helped endear him to the R’s fans, Wszolek says victories mean far more to him than his personal tally, which now stands at three in eight starts.
“The results were more important than me scoring the goals,” he said.
“We all knew that we needed these wins, they gave us important points to help us push up the table. For me, it really isn’t about who gets the goals, as long as we win the games.
“If I can play a big part by scoring, then it just gives me extra satisfaction.”
Aside from his goals, R’s fans have also been impressed by Wszolek’s work-rate and desire, as he constantly looks to attack and create chances for his team-mates.
“I always try my best on the pitch and have confidence in my ability that I can have an impact on games,” he added.
“For me, it is important that every player gives everything when he steps onto the pitch because we can only succeed by all working hard together. That is the way in football.”
On Thursday evening, QPR travel to in-form Reading. The Royals sit third in the table having won four of their last five league fixtures, but Wszolek is heading to Berkshire in confident mood.
“There are no weak teams in the Championship – I have learnt this very quickly,” he said.
“We have already seen a lot this season how any team can beat any other in this league. We saw it with Blackburn beating Newcastle.
“What we must do is focus on one game at a time between now and the end of the season. Reading are having a very good season and will be difficult for us but I believe we can go there and win this game.
“We have the ability. I am confident and we are all ready to play.”