This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
QPR are reportedly keen to include Fulham defender Alfie Mawson in any deal that would see playmaker Ebere Eze go the other way.
According to reputable journalist Alan Nixon, Fulham have joined the chase and are well set financially to complete a deal.
It is understood, however, that the R’s are keen to sign Mawson in any deal that would see Eze move to Craven Cottage.
But is that a good deal?
We pressed our FLW writers on just that…
It’s obviously not like-for-like, but it’s a decent addition.
Mawson is a good centre-back, but he has lost his way at Fulham in the last couple of years.
He needs to find his feet again in the Championship and at QPR it could be really good for him.
Mark Warburton likes his side to play progressive football and that will suit Mawson, who can start to express himself on the ball.
There’s a void in Warburton’s defence that’s going to need to be filled, which makes Mawson a near-perfect fit.
If you were of a QPR persuasion, it’s a potential deal to get excited about heading into the new season.
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This would be a shrewd piece of business by Queens Park Rangers.
Eze looks set to leave west London and his departure will obviously leave big shoes to fill this summer, given how important he has proven to be in terms of goal contributions and offering threat going forward, and it will be a tough ask to replace him.
Whilst Mawson obviously wouldn’t be a direct replacement for the midfielder, he would be a solid addition for a QPR side that needs strengthening in defence following the departure of Grant Hall to Middlesbrough, and if they can include him in any deal for Eze, it would be a wise move.
Mawson has performed really well in the Premier League for Swansea in the past, and although he hasn’t endured the best of spells at Fulham thus far, he’s a commanding figure in defence who QPR could really do with, and he’s still at an age where he can get better and regain his form.
He’d add real leadership and stability to the back-line, and this would soften the blow of Eze’s potential exit.
You can understand their thinking behind this.
The Hoops are going to be reluctant to allow Eze to leave the club this summer, so it makes sense for them to look at getting a player in return, as well as a sizeable transfer fee.
Mawson didn’t have the second-half of the season he would have originally hoped for with Fulham, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him leave the club this summer, as they prepare for life back in the Premier League.
He’d be a solid addition to the QPR team next season, and he’d be guaranteed regular minutes with Mark Warburton’s side.
Toni Leistner has been told he can leave the club, and it leaves Warburton light on options in the heart of defence.
If they’re to go ahead with a deal with Fulham for Eze, then it should be a no-brainer for the club to look at getting Mawson to come the other way.