Mark Warburton insists it’s only a matter of time until Bright Osayi-Samuel plays in the Premier League, but believes QPR is the best place for him to help achieve that dream.
Osayi-Samuel was electrifying against Bristol City in a game Rangers dominated but somehow managed to lose 2-1, drawing high praise from the QPR boss and Robins manager Dean Holden after the game.
The in-form 22-year-old tormented Jay Dasilva so much in the first period the left-back was was substituted at half-time.
And although less dominant after the restart, he was still the best player on the pitch despite missing a glorious chance in injury-time to earn his side a deserved draw.
Osayi-Samuel is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to put pen to paper on a new offer from the club.
However, Warburton believes the former Blackpool wide-man is still a work in progress and by staying at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium for at least another season can develop into a player that’s ready to take the top flight by storm.
“I hope that (contract) very much can be resolved,” Warburton said.
“He is enjoying his football at QPR.
“If you’re a brickie or a cabbie and you’re enjoying your work, you get a better end-product. I say to the players ‘enjoy coming to work. Smile, enjoy being good’.
“I said at the start of the season he will benefit for another season with QPR and then he is destined for the Premier League. Hopefully it is with QPR.
“But he needs to keep developing and learning and although games like tonight are frustrating I think you saw him developing and learning.”
Holden admitted his side had no answer to Osayi-Samuel in the first half but said keeping him quieter after the restart was key to grinding out what had seemed in the first half an unlikely win.
“Bright was outstanding,” Holden said.
“I’ve watched him for a number of years now and he is a top player in this division.
“Bright was getting the ball a bit easily and he’s a very good player when he gets the ball to his feet, it was about stopping the supply to him and we did that more in the second half.”