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It will be very interesting to see how the QPR B team plan develops next season, particularly in terms of loans out.
I can see a good dozen or so players in the U23s, and a few in the first team squad, who need a loan out. It's not always possible to arrange loans so the B team should be a very useful next step for players who can't get a loan for whatever reason.
I'm sure many on here watch the WLS Youtube channel and the regular discussions on all things QPR they've been having for the past 6 months with Dan Bennett, Ben Kosky, Ian McCullough and Kevin Gallen.
Although I quite enjoy them I rarely feel I've learned anything new or heard a novel perspective about my club. I'm sure this site could host an equally if not better version. Drawing on the knowledge and views of many LfW posters, together with the erudite and witty Clive Whittingham, a Loft for Words online fans discussion would be a total blast.
I see George Thomas has been included in the Wales training squad for the Euros. We've not seen a great deal of him yet and I'm yet to be convinced he's going to make it with us. I can't see him getting ahead of Chair or Willock next season. Nonetheless, I hope he makes it into the Wales squad and gets some game time. It would give the lad a real boost.
I suspect this question may have been discussed before - my apologies if it's been done to death.
As we look toward next season I wondered what we might hope for over the next 5 years and more? I certainly fall into the 'It's more fun on the Championship' club, but accept the arguments against that view. We're in a professional and competitive sport and must look to achieve the best outcomes we possibly can. If we stay in the Championship as a really decent footballing side, I'd be happy, but nonetheless going further than that could be very exciting too.
With that in mind, I'd hope for promotion but using it to build the squad for a few yoyo years to try and establish ourselves in the PL. I'd also hope for the vast increase in income to be used toward a new stadium and continued development of the youth programme.
I guess the next question would then be, 'What next...'. But that's perhaps for another day.
We have an intriguing summer ahead in terms of reshaping the squad for the 2021/22 season.
First, retention. Can we afford to keep our best players and winter loans? Our present squad has pretty much produced promotion form since the turn of the year. Keeping things as much as they are will, for once, be as important as making changes.
Outs. I can see Lumley, Cameron, Owens, Smyth and Oteh going/being released at the end of their contracts, with Austin and Johansen not being retained. It looks like Kane will be moved on in some way. The usual slew of U23s being will be let go too.
Ins. We know Wallace will get another year and I expect Carroll could get one too. Field and de Wijs should get contracts too. Assuming all of the above we shouldn’t have too many vacant positions to fill, perhaps just a centre back, right wing back and striker.
One other issue would be loans out. I’d like to see Joe Walsh, Conor Masterson, Faysal Bettache and Charlie Kelman go out on short loans, say 3 months, to sharpen them up for the first team. We’ll obviously need a strong squad to do that.
Like many others I've been hoping we'd break into the top 10 for our final league position but after last night we'll have to go some to make that.
I've reckoned 65 points would get us to 10th and that now means accumulating 9 points in 5 games. With 2 of our remaining fixtures against 1st and 3rd that's a big ask and we may need to beat Borough, Stoke and Luton to get the points.
There'll be a few more twists and turns to come and we're quite capable of grabbing 10th. But I think we'll come up just short.
As thoughts are turning to next season, do we think Shodipo should be given a squad place? His contract runs to 2022 and he'll be 24 when the next season starts. His time at Oxford seems gone well with 10 goals scored in league and cup games, although it seems he's frequently subbed.
I think it could go either way. To give the lad a final chance to stake a claim at QPR might bring the best out of him. However, would using one of the 25 squad places on a fringe player be a wise thing to do?
I've never been 100% convinced by Shodipo and would probably allow him to leave. I'm sure Oxford would like to sign him permenantly.
In recent games Austin has been playing deep, almost as a false 9 at times. Given he's the best finisher we have, I don't understand the thinking behind this tactic. Can anyone shed some light on this?