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2 QPR signings who’ve failed to hit the ground running

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Queens Park Rangers made 14 signings under their new manager Mark Warburton in the summer, but not all of them have had the start to life in West London they’d have hoped for.

Mark Warburton was appointed manager of Championship side QPR in the summer, and he wasted no time in reshaping the club.

He brought 14 new faces into Loftus Road in the summer, and oversaw the departure of 17. It was a much-needed overhaul of the club that finished 19th in the league last season, but some of the new boys haven’t got going in blue and white yet.

Here we take a look at two signings that have failed to hit the ground running under Warburton this season:

Conor Masterson

21-year-old Conor Masterson arrived at QPR from Liverpool in the summer on a free transfer. He’s another youngster whose arrival was highly-anticipated by Warburton, having made the bench in both the Premier League and the Champions League with Liverpool.

But Masterson is yet to make his debut for QPR – Nearly three months into the season and Masterson has only been named on the bench a handful of times.

Despite his admission from Warburton’s side though, Masterson has been an ever-present figure for the Republic of Ireland U21 side, having played every minute of their Euro 2020 qualification campaign this season.

A centre-back by trade, Masterson is also able to play in-front of the defenders. There’s plenty of competition in the QPR side, especially in the heart of defence – Masterson will have to continue to train hard and hope to make his debut for QPR before the end of the year.

Marc Pugh

QPR signed Marc Pugh in the summer after the winger was released by Hull City in the summer.

The 32-year-old is best known for his time at Bournemouth where he played over 200 times for the club, helping them to promotion to the Premier League in 2015.

QPR fans were excited for the arrival of Pugh but after 11 games of the season he’s yet to make a splash in West London – He’s made just three starts for Warburton’s side this season and a number of substitute appearances.

Warburton has favoured a 5-3-2 formation this season, leaving wide players like Pugh with little scope in the starting line-up. His experience though, especially at Championship level, will be vital for the R’s this season, as they look to replicate Bournemouth’s heroics in 2015.

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Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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