Having skippered the side last season, Toni Leistner has found himself restricted to substitute showings during Queens Park Rangers first pre-season under manager Mark Warburton, and with links continuing to suggest we have an interest in Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna, some feel the 28-year-old’s time with us is up.
Having featured 46 times in the 2018/19 campaign, Leistner quickly became a fan favourite but with Grant Hall and Yoann Barbet taking the two central spots in defence so far, the Kilburn Times quote our gaffer as simply saying that he wants competition next season, but he doesn’t plan on playing three at the back.
Warburton didn’t categorically state that Leistner was available for transfer before the transfer window slams shut but that hasn’t stopped some outlets from suggesting that his time is over at Loftus Road, especially if we can strike a deal for McKenna with it believed that we’d offered close to £3million for him, but seen our offer rejected.
“I’ve got to bed in some central defenders, I’m not playing three at the back so I’ve gone with the two so Toni will want to play absolutely. He came on again and did well today and Tuesday when he came on at Brighton so he’s a very high quality and experienced player. It’s just fitting the right bodies in the squad. I want competition for places and the new bodies coming in give us competition for places.”
With deadline day edging nearer now, if we are to make a move it’ll have to be a swift one.