Wells on board for Nations League charge
Nahki Wells has made himself available for Bermuda’s upcoming Concacaf Nations League qualifying campaign.
Bermuda coach Kyle Lightbourne confirmed that the 28-year-old striker will be a part of his squad for the tournament to determine the three divisions for the Nations League and ten remaining Gold Cup spots.
“I have spoken to Nahki about the Nations League and he has made himself available,” Lightbourne said.
Wells, who was back in the headlines this week after joining Sky Bet Championship side Queens Park Rangers from Burnley on a season-long loan, will miss Bermuda’s opening tournament fixture, away to Aruba on September 10.
Bermuda will play two home matches against Sint Maarten and El Salvador, in October and November, before closing out the qualifiers with an away tie against Dominican Republic in March.
“Nahki is unavailable for the first match, but will be available for the next round because of what he was going through leading up until his first game [with QPR]. We are definitely looking to have him available for El Salvador.
“Nahki is the premier striker of Bermuda and of course we would love to have in our midst in every game we have. But I have to respect that he is at a delicate period of his career, so he needs to do what’s right for him and his family.”
Wells last featured for his country in March 2015, when he scored twice and captained Bermuda to a 3-0 win over Bahamas at the National Stadium.
He is set to make his debut for QPR today in their home fixture against Wigan Athletic in the Championship at Loftus Road, where he has scored on each of his previous three outings at the ground.
“I think inside he may be a little bit disappointed because he hasn’t had that opportunity at Burnley but it’s an excellent move for him personally,” Lightbourne said.
“It’s probably a bit of a sideways move and now he should get playing time.
“He had that injury towards the end of his time at Huddersfield, which really impacted him last year when he went to Burnley.
“Right now, he will be looking to try and find his feet back playing in a league that he knows he can do well in and just try and hit the back of the net.
“That’s what he will be thinking now: get that opportunity and see if he can score within his three games, which buys you time and helps you settle in at a new club better than if you don’t score. I’m sure he will be chomping at the bit to get on that field and let his boots do the talking.”
Wells came off the bench to score a late winner on his Championship debut for Huddersfield Town in a 1-0 home win over Millwall in January 2014 after joining the club from League One side Bradford City for £1.3 million.