Looks like this story is going to rumble on for some time now, let’s just hope that we end up on the right side of it.
Reports from a few weeks ago stated that QPR are among a number of teams that were interested in bringing in Dundee United forward Lawrence Shankland. Well, despite being one of the smaller clubs interested in him; with the likes of Rangers, Celtic, Norwich, Brentford and Everton all reportedly interested in him also, it looks as if QPR aren’t giving up hope just yet of bringing him in.
According to The Daily Record, QPR are still intently scouting the 24-year-old ahead of a potential move in the summer, rather than during the winter.
I have expressed my doubts in the past about bringing in someone like Shankland, purely because if the jump it would be from the Scottish Championship to the English one, however in light of what I said last week, I feel that there might be room for a bit of compromise.
I said last week that players in the squad needed to ‘step up’ because our top two goal scorers, Nahki Wells and Jordan Hugill are both with us on loan and could put us ‘back to square one’ next season when it comes to finding goals.
I feel like we need to bring him in now, rather than the summer and let him slowly get used to the feel of the division, before fully unleashing him next season, either with the likes of Wells and Hugill or without them. Even though I have my doubts about him, I do think that a gradual introduction to the division rather than throwing him in at the deep end in August would be the better for him if we were to really go after his signature.
When should we bring Shankland in, if we were to sign him?
I’m not doubting that he’ll be able to score goals, his track record speaks for itself, but I think a player like this can be a real boom or bust, so I’d just like us to exercise a bit of caution with him.