GOALS, goals and more goals.
This season, despite an interesting defensive record, our attack has been absolutely lethal in front of goal.
As I write, QPR have scored 58 this season. That’s the third best offensive record in the league - it’s been a stunning season goals wise.
Ebere Eze single-handedly rounding teams, Nahki Wells was consistently clinical, Jordan Hugill proving himself, BOS getting himself in there and even young Ilias grabbing a couple.
There’s been goals galore from the Rangers front line and even the back line in the form of skipper Grant Hall with an impressive five to his name this season so far.
There’s no doubt when it comes to goals, there is no shortage. Amongst these 58 goals there have been some good, some bad, and some really unbelievable.
So, to reminisce, I’ve selected my three best goals of this season so far. Starting on the first day we travel back to August and Stoke away
- Ebere Eze vs Stoke
Starting the season off well was important. New manager, new players, new QPR.
So, when QPR go and score an absolutely beautiful team goal finished off by the even more beautiful Ebere Eze, it was a truly stunning start to the season.
I think I speak on behalf of all R’s fans in saying that I watched that goal back about five thousand times since Ebs banged it in back in August. It was such a fantastic goal.
Almost every player getting involved, starting from the keeper, composure, direction, purpose. Each ball was well placed and well considered and a nice ball into Eze gave him the opportunity to prove himself from the off. He took it in his stride, past one, past two, passes it into the back of the net, truly astounding.
That goal was retweeted and shared like mad and started the chain of sensational Ebere Eze appreciation posts across the entirety of Twitter.
An exciting season was clearly ahead if this was the quality of goal we were scoring from day one. Good signs. Great goal.
- Bright Osayi Samuel vs Birmingham
Now, Bright Osayi-Samuel. He has been a revelation for us this season, fighting to get back into the starting XI he has consistently used his strength, pace and sheer determination to work his way down the right side of the pitch and get the R’s through on goal.
He has been an absolute joy to watch and an entertainer to say the least. No goal more accurately presents Bright’s sensational season so far than his solo effort against Birmingham back in December. Bright picked up the ball mid way through our own half and decided he was just gonna do it himself. He got himself down the left flank as quickly as humanly possibly, taking with him a fair share of Brum defenders!
He continued, he continued, and he continued some more. Unbelievably Bright held on to the ball and got himself through on goal where he could fire it into the roof of the net, extending our lead to two and truly marking his name on this season as a real prospect. A sensational solo effort.
- Bright Osayi-Samuel vs Cardiff
There were lots to choose from for this final position but for me, this goal stood out as a truly exceptional one.
Bright, coming in the top three a second time, scored an absolute beauty against Cardiff back in January. It started with a truly excellent kick from Joe Lumley which found the feet of Bright out on the left just in front of the half way line. He picked it up and carried it into the box.
Then, with one touch, took out two Cardiff men sending them flying half way back to Wales. He finished this off beautifully with a delightfully composed finish round the keeper, adding to the scoresheet on what would be an exceptionally high-scoring occasion. Bright certainly knows how to find the back of the net, and in style.
Other credible mentions for this season go out to Lee Wallace for his beautiful volleyed effort against Swansea, Josh Scowen for his equally-unbelievable volley in the same outing, and Ebere Eze’s two penalties against Hull as a result of pure brilliance to win the spot kicks.
Jordan Hugill scored a brilliant volley in the cup against Swansea too, one of the most underrated finishes of the season in my opinion. Nahki Wells scored a lovely goal against Bristol City on his second debut for QPR and an equally delightful header from a ridiculous Eze ball against Cardiff which was also beautiful.
Finally, Ryan Manning, who has bagged a couple this season, scored two great goals this year. His outside of the boot finish against Hull earlier on and his most recent rocket against Preston were two exceptional showings of a player who has been truly excellent this year.
This season there have been goals galore and I’m sure I’ve missed some beautiful finishes, the ones mentioned however highlight that QPR have had no issue finding the back of the net and I very much pray for a time soon in which we can return to the pitch and add to those 58 with some more Eze trickery, Bright dashes, and Grant Hall headers.