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QPR academy graduate believes Rangers' youth setup is on the up and gives his verdict on Ian Holloway

The 32-year-old was the last player to come through the ranks to play over 50 league appearances for the Rs

Former QPR midfielder Marcus Bean believes the Hoops' academy is close to producing first team regulars.

The 32-year-old was the last player to come through the ranks to play over 50 league appearances for the Rs.

And the Wycombe man has been impressed with QPR loanees Eberechi Eze and Jack Williams, who are on loan at Adams Park until January.

Bean said: “I've worked closely and know Chris Ramsey and Ose Aibangee who has been at QPR and Brentford.

“I know the academy at QPR is improving gradually. We've got a couple of lads on loan at Wycombe and they both look good.”

Indeed, the midfielder believes it is the best squad they have had at Adams Park with Rs favourite Gareth Ainsworth looking to take the Chairboys up.

Splashing time: Bean at QPR against Wolves' Kenny Miller

Bean added: “We're in the pack (sitting in 12, two points off fourth). We've got a very good squad and there's a lot of quality off the bench and starting. We're very close to putting someone to the sword and hopefully that starts on Saturday.”

The Jamaican international has also been impressed by how Ian Holloway, who gave Bean his debut in 2002, has turned the club around after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's departure.

He added: “I feel it's a very shrewd mood by the club and the board. Hasselbaink didn't have the greatest of time and it appeased the side.

“He struggled at times and he seems to have a settled side and formation. They're a team that many wouldn't have fancied and they've started off strongly.

Marcus Bean of Wycombe Wanderers in action(Image: Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Hammersmith born Bean was in Chiswick on September 19, providing a coaching session with Toca ball machines, which enhance a players' first touch and ball control.

Bean explained: “It's a ball machine from California. I've been working with it for about a year. It gives you quality repetition in a focused environment.

“It gets rid of all the variables of people passing the ball to you and you can work on your technique.

“The idea is to work on your first touch and those precise touches that are hard to replicate on the training ground.”

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