After another chaotic season for Queens Park Rangers, a summer of changes beckon with certain players likely to leave Loftus Road.
QPR announced last month that five players – Paw3l Wszolek, Joel Lynch, Alex Baptiste, Jake Bidwell and Jordan Cousins – have already been released on free transfers.
However, there are more players that could leave the West London club so that they stay within line of Financial Fair Play.
We take a look at three…
The former Bristol City midfielder moved to QPR in January 2017 for a shrewd estimate of £500,000. Since then, he has become an integral part of QPR’s attack, obtaining 22 assists and 14 goals in 19 appearances. While the stats don’t look impressive on paper, his ability to create in a relatively toothless Rangers team has been the determining factor between survival and relegation in the past two seasons.
His skill to drive forward, create and beat defenders led to another impressive season individually. It meant he won players’, fans’ and Junior Hoops’ player of the year at QPR’s end of season awards.
Despite the 27-year-old committing to a new contract in November 2018, which keeps him at Lofts Road until 2021, Freeman has reportedly gained interest from numerous top Championship clubs, including Leeds, West Brom and Middlesbrough.
If his time at Rangers is coming to a close, he said in an interview with the Independent in May that he wants to make sure “it’s hopefully to someone going in the right direction, with the resources to push for promotion.”
Ingram’s two-year career at QPR has been hit with multiple of setbacks and this summer could be the time that the two parties go in their separate directions.
The goalkeeper’s confidence hit rock bottom at the start of the season in his bid to become QPR’s first choice goalkeeper, after the departure of Alex Smithies to Cardiff City the previous summer. The 25-year-0ld made various individual errors, which cost Rangers valuable points, and contributed to the club’s worst ever start to a season.
Ingram never recovered his position, but when he has played, the atmosphere in the stadium has been psychologically harmful to him and the team. A change of scenery and a new start would be the best option for Ingram, whose future is current extremely bleak.
After Wheeler’s promotion success at MK Dons, the winger will want to continue to receive the game time he enjoyed in Milton Keynes. It is uncertain whether Rangers will be the place for this to happen.
Wheeler has struggled to make an impact in West London, with only 5 appearances in his two years at QPR. The lack of opportunities has affected him psychologically.
“I had a really tough time, not playing much, so coming here and playing has helped me so much”, he told MK Dons’ club media.
While QPR lack depth on either side, it is doubtful Wheeler’s four goals in fourteen appearances in League Two will supply Mark Warburton and the Director of Football, Les Ferdinand, with confidence that he will produce for the Championship team.