Date: 2nd February 2016 at 7:46pm
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It may not have been a particularly exciting transfer window given what we have become accustomed to in recent years, but it was one that shows the club are making efforts to move in the right direction.

Alongside considerably reducing the wage bill, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has also recruited players from the lower leagues who will view their move to Loftus Road as a step up in their careers first and foremost.

There is no doubting the squad still requires a lot of work, but it currently possesses enough quality to see us through to the end of the season, when Hasselbaink can really begin to stamp his authority on the side.

Finding value in the market in January can be difficult, with clubs reluctant to let their best players leave midway through the season, so the summer window represents the best opportunity for an overhaul.

Shifting some of the big earners had to be a priority, and the club was successful in doing so with Leroy Fer and Sandro, whose departures will save a small fortune ahead of hopefully permanent moves in the summer.

While the fee received for Charlie Austin was nowhere near his true valuation, the club was right to cash in once he stated his desire to leave, and promotion no longer a realistic target even if he had been retained.

It is an episode that we can only hope the owners will take heed from moving forward, beginning with Matt Phillips, whose contract is set to expire at the end of next season with no word of a new deal in the offing.

The club must take some credit for the speed in which they moved to fill the attacking void left by Austin, and hopefully the fans will show Conor Washington far more patience than they afforded his new strike partner.

With 15 goals for Peterborough this term having earned him numerous admirers, his signing is a big coup for the club, and he`ll be hoping to follow in Austin`s footsteps having also come through the non-league route.

In Abdenasser El Khayati, who appears to be a replacement for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, we have brought in the top scorer and one of the star performers of League One leaders Burton for what is a relatively modest fee.

He is a player that Hasselbaink knows well from his time at the Pirelli Stadium, and whether the move works out or not, it is exactly the type of inexpensive gamble that the club should be taking more often in future.

While it is a shame to see Emmanuel-Thomas loaned out, it is hard to argue with saving on his wages if he isn`t going to feature in Hasselbaink`s plans at least temporarily, ahead of assessing his situation in the summer.

Following the signing of Matt Ingram from Wycombe, it is disappointing that Rob Green remains at the club given he is one of the top earners, and now has three goalkeepers ahead of him in the pecking order.

With the emergency loan market set to open next week, there does remain a slight possibility that we can shift at least some of his wages elsewhere prior to the expiry of his contract at the end of the campaign.

It remains to be seen why Cole Kpekawa was recalled from his loan spell at Leyton Orient, but with Yun Suk Young nowhere to be seen, and Paul Konchesky struggling, a run out in the side would not be the worst idea.

With both Chris Ramsey and Hasselbaink deeming Ben Gladwin not yet ready for the first team squad, a loan move to Bristol City, providing he gets regular games, can only help his development over the coming months.

Having made the step up from non-league football when he joined Swindon just over two years ago, gaining four months of Championship experience ahead of his return in the summer can only be seen as a good move.

In the case of Michael Doughty, given that he cannot break into the side despite the departures of Fer and Sandro, it would come as no surprise if he was allowed to move on permanently at the end of the season.

At 23, and having been on the outskirts of the squad under numerous managers since progressing from the youth ranks, he should view his loan move to Swindon as an opportunity to put himself in the shop window.

by @RyanJoForrester