Having decided to appoint Mark Warburton as their new manager last month, Queens Park Rangers will be aiming to improve on what was a terribly underwhelming 2018/19 campaign next season.
Although Steve McClaren was able to steer the club away from what would have been a devastating relegation to League One, it was obvious that the 58-year-old was taking them backwards and sacking him was arguably the correct call to make.
Despite Warburton’s vast amount of managerial experience, it is imperative that he commits to doing these three things this summer if the Hoops are to have a chance of being competitive in the Championship over the next year.
Sign a new striker
Whereas the R’s were relatively poor in a defensive sense last season, the fact that none of their players were able to hit double figures in terms of goals resulted in them being utterly toothless going forward.
Clearly a huge issue for the London-based outfit, Warburton must make it his priority to identify a player who can provide the necessary firepower in the Championship, especially when you consider that they will be without Nakhi Wells for the 2019/20 campaign.
Although the state of the current of market means that a top-quality striker will come at a premium, if the Hoops are serious about improving over the coming years, it may be worth splashing the cash this summer.
Keep Kieran Freeman at Loftus Road at all costs
Arguably QPR’s best player last season, Luke Freeman was utterly terrific in the Championship as his eight goals and six assists almost single-handedly kept his side in the division.
Therefore, given the midfielder’s importance, it is crucial that Warburton resists the temptation to sell him as doing so could lead to disaster.
According to London Football News, Freeman is reportedly subject of considerable interest from Leeds United with Marcelo Bielsa looking to improve his midfield options after missing out on promotion to the Premier League in May.
If this is indeed true, Warburton should rebuff any offers as for the Hoops to be successful in the future, it is imperative that they keep their biggest star.
Look to inspiration from his time at Brentford
Despite experiencing mixed fortunes during his time in charge of Rangers and Nottingham Forest, Warburton could bounce back with the R’s if he uses his two-year stint at Brentford as inspiration.
Whilst at the helm at Griffin Park, the English boss led the Bees to promotion from League One before exceeding all expectations in the Championship by securing a fifth place finish in 2015.
Although his side would end up losing in the play-offs that year, the football displayed by Brentford was fantastic and so by replicating this style next season at Loftus Road, Warburton will almost definitely be a hit with the Hoops’ supporters.