Luke Freeman enjoyed another successful season individually for QPR after winning fans’, players’ and Junior Hoops’ player of the year – a clean sweep at the club’s annual awards event.
With the ever growing attention, the likelihood of Freeman leaving West London grows. Middlesbrough and Leeds both failed to achieve promotion and have reportedly been interested in signing the attacking midfielder.
If QPR’s nightmare comes true, they’ll need to find an affordable replacement this summer, if they want to avoid the drop again.
Here’s three ideal replacements…
QPR may already have their replacement for Freeman in Eberechi Eze. Even though the 20-year-old attacking midfielder had a conflicting season in his debut season as a first team player individually, Eze showcased his ability in glimpses.
The West London club firmly believes Eze is their future, as it was displayed by giving him QPR’s famous no.10 shirt last season. One factor was Eze sometimes suffering by needing to play on the wing to accommodate Freeman.
However, this could change in the 2019/20 season if Freeman leaves QPR. As the central creative outlet, Eze could flourish by being QPR’s main man.
With QPR’s financial burden, they will look to exploit the free market, and Jonny Williams is reportedly one of the players Rangers are eyeing, according to the Daily Mail.
Williams played an important role in Charlton’s promotion winning season, but is unlikely to stay at The Valley. Williams specialises in bringing the ball forward, driving at players and creating an opportunities for his team mates – all similar skill sets as Freeman.
His influential short-term spell stay at The Addicks has drawn Championship interest, with Preston and Swansea also looking at the attacking midfielder. With the opposing two teams with greater financial abilities, and an ambition to push for promotion, QPR may face tough opposition to get this deal over the line.
Peterborough United narrowly missed out on the League One playoffs, but a standout figure amongst their team was 25-year-old Marcus Maddison.
Maddison contributed to 33 goals in 46 appearances in the 2018/19 season. While Maddison could be a hotly contested player in coming months, how well they negotiate the fee for Freeman could mean they can afford to sign one of League One’s brightest players.