Burnley are considering the possibility of recalling Nahki Wells from his loan spell at QPR amid transfer interest from Bristol City this month, according to Sky Sports.
Wells has delivered consistently impressive performances during his second consecutive campaign on loan with the Rs this term, and it now appears as though his fine goalscoring form has captured the attention of QPR’s Championship rivals Bristol City.
It is being reported that the Robins have made an official approach to sign Wells on a permanent deal from Burnley, and this has resulted in the Premier League club contemplating the possibility of exercising their option to recall Wells this month.
Wells would reportedly prefer to remain in West London after playing an integral role to QPR’s campaign so far, but it looks as though Burnley are seriously considering cashing in on the attacker who has struggled to make his mark at Turf Moor.
Here, we take a closer look at what QPR would be losing if Wells is recalled by the Clarets…
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Wells was a regular in the QPR side during his season-long spell at the club under Steve McClaren last term, but he has become an even more integral figure this term during his 28 appearances, which have seen him play 2188 minutes of action for the Rs.
The Bermuda international has netted an impressive 14 goals during this time to make him the club’s top goalscorer this term, with the most recent of these coming on Saturday when the Rs edged to a 1-0 win over promotion hopefuls Leeds United.
Wells’ main role in the QPR side may be to convert chances created by the likes of Eberechi Eze and Bright Osayi-Samuel, but he has also shown his ability to create key opportunities by registering a solid total of four assists this campaign.
Mark Warburton’s philosophy means his side only tend to shoot when they have a clear sight of goal, so this means Wells has only made an average of 2.47 shots per game, but the fact he has still scored 14 goals shows he has a good conversion rate.
The attacker is not only clinical in front of goal for the West Londoners, but he has also proven he is capable of spearheading attacks through the fact he produces an average of 2.42 dribbles per game when running at opposition defences.
The fact Wells is now in the middle of his second season at the club means he has also developed a strong understanding with his team-mates, and this has seen him record a strong 78.9% pass completion rate when linking up with other Rs players.
Overall, these statistics prove that Wells is a strong asset to QPR’s overall game play in addition to their strength in front of goal, and there can be no doubt the striker would be a major loss if he is to be recalled by Burnley this window.