I feel like now more than ever, that the article I wrote a few weeks ago is going to become more and more true.
In that article, I said that QPR are far too reliant on their ‘big three’ as it were when it came to scoring goals with Nahki Wells, Eberechi Eze and Jordan Hugill leading the way with 14, 10 and 10 goals respectively this season. With Bright Osayi-Samuel being their next closest competitor with his 5 goals, there is a big drop off when it comes to finding the back of the net for Mark Warburton’s men this season, and now that problem could be staring us right in the face.
Reports are circulating that Wells’ parent club Burnley are set to recall him with the intention of creating a ‘bidding war’ for his services given that he only has 6 months left on his current contract, although there is the option to extend that for another 12 months.
The big hitters in the story at the moment seem to be Bristol City with Burnley possibly looking for a deal that will involve Robins midfielder Josh Brownhill going the other way.
Whilst I said in my article that the other players in the team needed to step up in their efforts this season and next (knowing that Wells could possibly not be with us), I feel that Queens Park Rangers need to be front and centre when it comes to the battle for Wells’ services, because the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
When you have a player like this at your disposal, you simply can’t let him slip through your fingers without at least putting up a fight, this is where we come back to the point of having to sell players in order to make it happen. If we were to sell Osayi-Samuel for instance, we’d be losing one goalscorer to keep another, would it really be that tough of a pill to swallow?
Do others players in the squad need to step up in Wells' absence?
But if we do happen to lose out in the battle, then we really are going to have to start asking those other players to start stepping up, and based on the numbers that I gave you earlier, do you really have faith in the rest of the team to pick up the slack?