18 Sep
2020

Bilic likens West Brom youngster to Rice after win at QPR

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook West Brom boss Slaven Bilic likened Nathan Ferguson to England star Declan Rice after the youngster inspired the Baggies to a 2-0 win at QPR.Ferguson, 18, was outstanding at left-back and scored his first goal for the club to put them ahead seven minutes into the second half.He strode forward from his own half and sent a right-footed strike past Joe Lumley at the keeper’s near post.AdChoices广告Matheus Pereira also scored his first Albion goal – the on-loan Sporting Lisbon man netted with a late free-kick to seal the victory.Former West Ham manager Bilic, who worked with Rice at the east London club, was full of praise for Ferguson and believes he is destined for a bright future.“Nathan has a mentality that reminds me of Declan Rice,” Bilic said.“He’s only 18 on paper but his mind is 25 or 27 – he’s not a kid. He’s only a kid in a positive way in that he’s not afraid to take the ball forward and have a shot.“It’s our job to keep him humble but there’s no doubt that he has an extremely bright future and a great career in front of him.”Albion are unbeaten in seven matches and were much the better side at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, where Charlie Austin played against his former club along with fellow ex-QPR men Darnell Furlong and Matt Phillips.Austin is still waiting for his first league goal since his summer move from Southampton but Bilic was more than happy with the striker’s contribution and the team’s display.“This is the best performance that we played so far,” Bilic added.“Straight from the start we were on the front foot. They didn’t have a sniff.“We were a bit nervous – we were getting in great situations but were rushing it.“In those situations you maybe need one moment of individual brilliance and we got that with Nathan. We were pure class afterwards.“When we got the second goal it wasn’t game over – you can always come back – but we managed the game really well.“I’m really pleased. Of course we can get better and it’s still early days but I have to say the lads have been excellent.” Embed from Getty Imageslast_img

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