With the summer transfer window firmly in the rearview mirror for now and few at Queens Park Rangers looking towards January owing to our Financial Fair Play punishment, playmaker Luke Freeman has reflected on the links to Middlesbrough in August and admitted what we probably all thought.
With Tony Fernandes stating on social media at the time that the 26-year-old would be going nowhere during the window, that promise was stuck to much to the delight of fans but he former Bristol City player has admitted during the October international break that his head was turned when he thought about trying his hand in the Premier League given Middlesbrough’s ambitions.
Speaking to West London Sport he explained.
“It was difficult. I’d be lying if I said my head wasn’t turned, because to some extent it was. When you’re a player and there’s the possibility of joining a club that might well be in the Premier League next season, of course that’s something you think about.”
I don’t believe there will be any QPR fans shocked or surprised by this, and I also don’t think anyone will be angry about it. It’s perfectly natural for players to get their heads turned given the riches on offer in the Premier League and I actually think his honesty here will play into his hands amongst fans.
Especially as you can’t really say his efforts on the pitch for us have demonstrated he wanted out and he repeated he was happy to be at Loftus Road.
“Every player wants to play in the Premier League and I’m not going to lie and say it wasn’t on my mind when that was happening. But what I can just as honestly say is that I’m very happy at QPR and always have been. I’ve always loved it there. There’s never been a time when I’ve not been happy to be playing for QPR. I’m very happy to be there and have never felt differently.”
Let’s hope we get to enjoy him on the pitch for many more months to come!