January is fast approaching and the Championship’s manager will be eyeing up some transfer window action. But certain clubs will be looking to offload, and Mark Warburton could take a look at these two come the New Year.
In what’s been a sterling start to the season, Mark Warburton has galvanised his new QPR team who sit 9th in the Championship – two points off Bristol City in 6th.
He oversaw a summer overhaul with 14 new faces arriving at the club, and 17 old ones leaving.
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His side has taken no time in gelling though, and he’s established a brand of fluid, forward-thinking football in West London which has made QPR one of the most entertaining watches this year.
January will come at a good time for teams, after the Christmas fixture pile-up they’ll have a chance to recuperate and to restock in certain areas, and offload in others.
Here we take a look at two players that Warburton should look at offloading in January:
Josh Scowen’s contract at QPR is due to expire next summer, and after some worsening displays for the club he likely won’t be offered a new one.
That gives QPR one final chance to offload the midfielder in January, before letting him go for nothing next year.
He joined from Barnsley on a free in 2017 and has been a valiant servant to the club.
Hes been a regular and reliable member of the first-team but this season, it seems as though the club has moved forward without him.
In the absence of Luke Amos, Scowen has made 11 appearances this season but with the Tottenham-loanee readying a return to regular action, Scowen could see some more bench-action coming his way.
Expect to see Warburton try and cash in on Scowen in January, and take whatever money he can get for the 26-year-old.
The Irishman joined the club from Liverpool in the summer, after being released by the Reds.
He’s a highly-regarded player and is an ever-present with Ireland’s U21 side, but Warburton is yet to give him a chance at QPR.
Still awaiting his debut in first-team football altogether, Warburton may feel that Masterson isn’t quite ready for the high-pressure environment of the Championship, but will definitely want to keep him on his books.
A loan-move in January could be hugely beneficial to Masterson, and to the club.
He could drop down to League One or even League Two to get some invaluable experience – Ilias Chair went on-loan to Stevenage last year, and is a first-team regular at QPR this year.
Fans would love to see Masterson playing football somewhere, and get a glimpse of what QPR have in store for the future.