Queens Park Rangers have had a mixed summer with boss Mark Warburton trying to build a squad that can make an impression in the Championship last season.
The former Brentford boss arrived at Loftus Road this summer and is tasked with improving the style of play and laying the foundations to make the club more successful in the coming years.
Therefore, new arrivals were inevitable and the R’s completed the signing of Marc Pugh on a free transfer over the weekend. And, as our graphic shows, the former Bournemouth man could be a shrewd addition to the Londoners.
Firstly, you have to say that bringing in a creative spark is needed after the highly influential Luke Freeman left for Premier League Sheffield United.
Whilst Pugh isn’t the exact same type of player, he will give the side a spark in the final third, evident with his 17 progressive runs and 38 passes to the final third in his loan spell with Hull last season.
That highlights how he is a forward-thinking midfielder and the fact he is capable of playing down either flank or behind the striker is a real bonus.
And, R’s fans should actually take a lot of encouragement when they look at the 32-year-old’s time with the Tigers.
Even though three league goals doesn’t sound too impressive, Pugh only joined in January and managed just 874 minutes. If you averaged that out over a whole season then Pugh would hit double figures.
Of course, it doesn’t work like that but it proves that the new signing has an eye for goal and that is exactly what is needed at Loftus Road.
The top scorers from last season; Freeman, Nahki Wells and Tomer Hemed, only managed seven goals and none of those are at the club anymore. The fourth top scorer, Matt Smith, has also left.
That proves just how poor the R’s are in the final third and bringing in players who can chip in had to be a priority for Warburton and he will expect Pugh to establish himself as an important player in the coming year.
The experienced wide man will also bring a winning mentality to the group having won promotion at this level with the Cherries in the past.
Given the big-money transfers that catch the eye in the Championship in today’s market, Pugh’s move to QPR on a free may have gone under the radar, but he could prove to be a great signing for what will be a new-look side that begin their Championship campaign at Stoke on Saturday.
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