Nasser El Khayati thinks he is going to be a better player in the Championship with QPR than League One.
Instead, he looks forward to a more deliberate build-up in play as well as a regular starting spot for Hoops next term.
Just 14 months ago the left-sided midfielder was plying his trade with amateur side Kozakken Boys in the Dutch third division, where he notched a decent 12 goals in 17 league games.
A move to Burton materialised off the back of this form, and subsequently a deal was thrashed out earlier this year to reunite the 27-year-old with former Brewers boss, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at Loftus Road.
The player said: “Only two years ago, I was playing at a third division team in Holland before I joined Burton, so I was never thinking that a move to England would happen that quickly.
“Before that I had only played for professional football clubs, so I was always believing that I could do this and now, to be honest with you, I have found the Championship suits me better – there is more playing out from the back, and in the lower leagues that is very different”.
After securing the initial deal to bring him to Burton in January 2015, now-Rangers boss Hasselbaink described El Khayati as “a little bit of a number 10 or a 9-and-a-half”, something that the player himself agrees with.
“My position is either left-wing or behind the striker as a second-striker almost. I’m not an out-and-out number nine – I can play around a big number nine as a number 10, but I can also play on the left side”.
And whilst he undoubtedly has a bright season ahead of him in 2016/17, El Khayati accepts that he must, in future, try to capitalise on half-chances rather than pursue the elusive search for ‘the perfect goal’, like the one in the video above.
He added, “I used to speak with (Burton boss) Nigel Clough and he said I have to change that – sometimes you can shoot and it’s not on, but if you do that maybe 30-40 times per year, you might get four or five goals with a deflection or something.
“I am more the type of player who, if I can shoot, will go for the corner. But if somebody is in front of me, I don’t”.