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2 QPR players to watch out for next season

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Big changes are likely to come at QPR ahead of the start of the 2022/23 Championship season – with a replacement for Mark Warburton and some squad reinforcements needed.

A late-season slump cost the R’s their shot at the play-offs this term but they’ll be optimistic that with the right tweaks over the summer, they can continue to make progress.

That won’t be easy given the change in the dugout and squad turnover so some of the west London club’s current players will need to step up.

With that in mind, we’ve highlighted two QPR players to watch out for next season…

Lyndon Dykes

It’s been a frustrating season for Scotland striker Lyndon Dykes – with injuries meaning he struggled to string together long runs in the starting XI.

As a result, the 26-year-old managed just eight goals in his 33 Championship appearances in 2021/22, a 33% drop from the previous season, and he’ll be determined to make up for that next term.

Charlie Austin has gone and Andre Gray’s loan deal has ended meaning that Dykes will head into the season as the clear first choice number nine – though you’d imagine more forward firepower will be added in the transfer window.

If Dykes can stay fit, he may well be able to return to the brilliant form he showed in the latter part of the 2020/21 campaign when he scored seven times and provided four assists in 10 league games.

Assuming the R’s can keep hold of Chris Willock and Ilias Chair, the Scot will not be short of service and could be one to watch as he looks to bounce back to his best next season.

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Andre Dozzell

Andre Dozzell has had an encouraging first season at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium without really pulling up trees.

The 23-year-old is still a bit raw but with one Championship term now under his belt, he will be keen to kick off next term.

Stefan Johansen is not getting any younger and Dom Ball has departed so there may well be more opportunities for Dozzell in the centre of the park.

If he can become more consistent, the dynamic midfielder will be a very useful option for whoever replaces Warburton.

The potential is there, so he’s certainly one to keep an eye on.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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