One of the standout performers, not only for Queens Park Rangers, but across the entirety of the Championship last season was Alex Smithies.
After joining QPR from hometown club Huddersfield Town for a fee in the region of £1.8 million, it appeared to be a steal as Smithies’ impressive season ended in the 27-year-old goalkeeper earning a number of well-deserved accolades including the Ray Jones Players’ Player of the Year, Supporters’ Player of the Year, and Junior Hoops’ Player of the Year.
The impressive performances of the Yorkshire-born stopper saw Smithies offered a new contract in February which sees him’ currently contracted at Loftus Road until the summer of 2020.
However, the performances of the 27-year-old have not only received plaudits from within West London, they have also attracted attention from elsewhere, with Aston Villa previously credited with an interest.
Whilst Smithies remains firmly under contract and it will be extremely difficult for either Bournemouth or Huddersfield to prise Alex Smithies away from QPR, the attraction of the Premier League and guarantees of regular first-team action could be enough.
If Queens Park Rangers are going to suffer losing him this summer, Ian Holloway will need a contingency in place to ensure the isn’t left short in the goalkeeping position.
One player who has been linked with a move to Loftus Road has been Shay Given, however, Ian Holloway should instead consider making a move for Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.
The 38-year-old goalkeeper (rated at £213k on Transfermarkt) is set to leave Middlesbrough this summer following the expiration of his contract, having spent four seasons at the club.
Although Konstantopoulos would only be a short-term solution for Queens Park Rangers, the Greek goalkeeper is vastly experienced at Championship level having accumulated over 130 appearances in the second flight.
The ageing custodian also has experience of gaining promotion to the Premier League which could prove vital if QPR are to compete at the right end of the table.
Whilst Konstantopoulos would only be a stop-gap for Queens Park Rangers, he would be an astute signing for Ian Holloway to make as a low-risk, low-cost option for Queens Park Rangers.
Queens Park Rangers fans, would you like to see Dimitrios Konstantopoulos join your club on a short-term basis? Would he be a success at Loftus Road? Do you think Alex Smithies will leave this summer? Let us hear your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below!