Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rampant Rangers Star Still Fears Old King Cole; Excited: Patrick Agyemang Is Relishing Being on the Same Pitch as Andy Cole (Below)

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rampant Rangers Star Still Fears Old King Cole; Excited: Patrick Agyemang Is Relishing Being on the Same Pitch as Andy Cole (Below)

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Byline: JAMES OLLEY

PATRICK AGYEMANG today admitted he is relishing the prospect of facinggoalscoring legend Andy Cole as Queens Park Rangers prepare for the biggestweek of their season.

The 27-year-old has made a sensational start to his Rangers career scoringseven goals in five league games, including a brace in Saturday's 3-2 win atSouthampton.

Now they face two home clashes which could prove key to their play-offchallenge, starting with tonight's visit of Burnley, who include formerManchester United star Cole (right).

"Andy Cole often doesn't get the credit he deserveshe is a great player and a legend of the game," said Agyemang, who joinedRangers from Preston for [pounds sterling]350,000 last month.

"He scored at the weekend and can obviously still cut it at this level eventhough he is now 36. It'll be great to be on the same pitch as someone likehim.

"As a football fan, I followed him at Newcastle and then when he signed forManchester Unitedhe formed that great partnership with Dwight Yorke. Back then he wasuntouchable and one of the best strikers in the game.

"Those partnerships are the sort of things you dream of as a striker." Agyemangcould hardly have begun his QPR career any better. The only side he has failedto score against so far is Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup and Italianmanager Luigi De Canio has started to mould the team around his Ghanaianstriker.

Agyemang said: "I am a lot happier at QPR and I am getting chances to score inevery game because of the way the team is playing.

"With the likes of Rowan Vine and Akos Buzsaky, we have quick players who runwith the ball and, in some ways, they see me as the main player. The managerwants me to get on the last defender and be as far forward as possible.

"He talks through an interpreter and that was something I was not used to, buthe gets his point across clearly and has tried to make things as simple as hecan. …

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