Idrissa Sylla wondered what his agent had landed him in when he first arrived at QPR in August.
Unable to speak the language and a million miles from the type of football he enjoyed at Belgian giants Anderlecht, the bemused 26-year-old was the proverbial fish out of water, Get West London has learned.
Now, he’s back in the swim having been told a few home truths by gaffer Ian Hollway and after converting a great diving header against Birmingham on Saturday to cement a fine 4-1 win.
Ollie was none too pleased at Sylla’s reaction to be substituted during the 1-0 win at Reading last month.
But the Guinea international has buckled down to offer healthy competition for a starting place alongside Matt Smith and Conor Washington.
The manager earlier said he needed a bit of family help to get his message across.
But it's left to the imagination how the gaffer's Bristolian vowels sound to a man who has spent most of his playing career in Belgium and is struggling to learn English.
"I don't speak French so I'll maybe get my brother in to talk to Sylla," he said. "I need to get my point to him as quick as I can."
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