Bidwell excited by QPR youngster’s potential

QPR left-back Jake Bidwell says he is looking forward to seeing more from Eberechi Eze after the youngster’s senior debut was cut short by injury.

The 18-year-old Eze showed some neat touches on the ball after starting the FA Cup defeat by Blackburn on Saturday, including winning a free-kick on the edge of the box.

But the attacking midfielder lasted just 18 minutes, being forced off after taking a whack to his Achilles.

Bidwell was full of praise for the way Eze adapted to senior football, having been promoted to the first team by boss Ian Holloway.

“He’s looked bright in training since he’s been with us, which has been a good few weeks now,” Bidwell said.

“He started the game brightly. He’ll be disappointed he had to come off after a quarter of an hour or so.

“Hopefully he can keep his head down and keep working hard and he won’t have to wait too much longer for another chance.

“It was a disappointing day for him but I’m sure it won’t be his last appearance.”

And Bidwell, who scored QPR’s goal against Blackburn from the penalty spot, believes Eze has the potential to lift the mood of the fans with his attacking intent.

He said: “He’s a good talent – he can finish when he gets the chance. He’s definitely a player that looks to make things happen.

“Mide [Shodipo] did well when he came on as well. The gaffer’s shown that if they [the club’s youngsters] deserve a chance than they will get one.”