With Monday’s confirmation of the arrival of Tottenham Hotspur’s Luke Amos and Manchester City’s Matt Smith, both midfielders will clearly get their chance to impress under Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton.
With the gaffer welcoming them to the club at the beginning of the week, he had positive words for both as he spoke to the Official Site.
Giving fans an indication of what they could expect from 22-year-old Amos, Warburton seemed to value his abilities as a playmaker and driver in the midfield areas, saying.
“I know the quality that Luke has and how he can impact matches. He is clever on the ball, has technical ability and a passion for the game. I have admired him from afar and with Tottenham being my local team, I have seen him many times and watched him work. He can get forward, he sees the pass, sees the opportunity, opens up play and can create in tight areas. He is a strong midfield talent who will really push hard to play week in, week out.”
As for 19-year-old Smith, he’s a little more versatile and will also tick the defensive midfield role for us as it appears the gaffer sees him as the one to provide competition when it comes to more protecting the backline next season.
“I am delighted to bring Matt in. He is highly-regarded by many people within the game and this is an important loan for him now. He will have a real desire to play a large number of games and build his reputation. He is a young player with a point to prove. He has the ability, he has the potential and I am delighted to have him here. Matt can play as a defensive midfielder or slightly more advanced. He is comfortable in both positions. I see him playing a key role in front of our back four. He is tenacious, he rats to get the ball, he’s very comfortable in possession, takes the ball in tight areas and has a lovely range of passing as well. There is always going to be competition for places and he knows that but I think he is really excited by the challenge ahead.”
I can’t say I overly know much about either of them to be fair but having a read around the internet it seems like we might be pleasantly surprised by them.