With speculation linking Queens Park Rangers with a double loan swoop on Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City for young talents Luke Amos and Matt Smith, Monday proved to be a busy day at Loftus Road as both players had their arrivals confirmed.
22-year-old Amos has been with Spurs since the age of 9 and has gained game time out on loan with Southend United and Stevenage in recent years. He made his Premier League bow for manager Mauricio Pochettino on the opening day of last season but his development was held up as he suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury in September with many feeling he’d have got a lot more game time last season had that not happened.
19-year-old Smith is yet to debut for Pep Guardiola but he did take in a loan spell with Dutch side FC Twente last season where he was a regular in their side as they won the Eerste Divisie.
Speaking to the Official Site as he joined for the campaign on loan, Amos said.
“It has been a tough nine months but I am really excited now. I haven’t wasted a day in that whole time. I feel physically fit and the next step for me is being back in games and that’s something I am looking forward to. I feel like I was hungry to succeed before – but now I am absolutely starving! It has been such a tough journey and I want it now more than ever. I want to enjoy my football but that enjoyment comes from winning lots of games and playing lots of games, so that’s my target.”
In his own interview, Welsh international Smith explained.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I can’t wait. I had one conversation with the gaffer here and knew this is what I wanted. I spoke to the gaffer here and the connection he has with his players is something that I really got attracted to. He wants a young, hungry squad and that fitted me well so I took the chance to come here with both hands. The way he wants to play football appealed to me. Having grown up at Man City, that style is something they instil in you so I had one conversation with the gaffer here and knew this is what I wanted from my second loan move.”
Both should certainly add a different type of option to the middle of the pitch next season as Warburton seeks improvements.