QPR will almost certainly be desparate to strengthen their side in the January transfer window as they continue to slump down the table, with Ipswich Town’s Luke Woolfenden emerging as a target according to TWTD.
The 21-year-old is enjoying a breakthrough season at Portman Road under Paul Lambert so it is perhaps not too much a surprise that the youngster has started to garner attention from those higher up the pyramid.
So far this season he has racked up 13 appearances in the third tier, playing the full 90 minutes in all of them, starting their last four straight matches as well.
It is no surprise that the Rs are looking to strengthen their back-line. They remain the only side in the Championship yet to keep a clean sheet this season and have now not won in seven games.
But if he were to arrive, who would be the big winner and the big loser?
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Lumley has come in for plenty of stick this season for his performances in goal. Some justified, but a lot of it has been very harsh.
Whilst the R’s remain the only club not to have kept a clean sheet, that is not a stat you can lay at the door of Lumley, considering he has a defence who regularly leave him far too exposed to opposition attacks.
If Woolfenden were to arrive, it should in theory increase the competition among the centre-backs at the club, leading to them all upping their game and offering improved protection to Lumley.
Signed from Liverpool in the summer, the 21-year-old can perhaps carry the label of ‘up and coming defensive star’ for now, given the age of his teammates.
However, if Woolfenden were to arrive it would almost certainly lead to him tumbling even further down the pecking order.
So far, Masterson has made zero first-team appearancs for the R’s, finding himself having to make do with run outs for the reserves, and his situation would only be made more difficult by the arrival of the Tractor Boy.