Are we in danger of perhaps losing track of the big picture?
It’s odd that I didn’t think about this until it was tweeted out by the club, but the longer I think about it, the more it occurs to me that actually it should be slightly concerning.
If you take a look at who has contributed goals for us this season, it’s clear that there are three players who are running away with their respective contributions. Nahki Wells, Eberechi Eze and Jordan Hugill lead the way with 12, 10 and 10 goals respectively this season. The next closest to those three is Bright Osayi-Samuel with 5.
Whilst this is something that should be applauded, the fact that they have managed to score so many goals, the one thing that all of them have in common, is that come the end of the season, they stand a good chance of not being at the club.
Wells and Hugill as they return to their respective parent clubs after their loan spells, and Eze if his performances stay at a level where other clubs could come in and buy him, similar to the rumours that have surrounded him the past few months.
So there is a real onus on the rest of the squad to up their game in the second half of the season, otherwise QPR could find themselves in a real situation come the start of next campaign.
If there isn’t enough progress from the rest of the squad to show that they are capable of filling in for them when they’re not here, then QPR are essentially back to square one in the summer. And I don’t want to see QPR just become a place where we bring in a different forward line in on loan every year and hope that they’ll do the job, like last year with Tomer Hemed.
Do others players in the squad need to step up in Wells' absence?
Hopefully we can put something together that can last for a couple of years, rather than just act as a club that brings in mercenaries for hire.