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 considering a move for in-demand defender Tom Lockyer, who left Charlton Athletic as a free agent earlier this summer.
Lockyer left the Addicks after a clause in his contract was activated when they were relegated to League One.
According to talkSPORT’s Sean Gallagher, the Welsh defender is drawing the attention of a number of Championship clubs, including the R’s.
It is understood the west London club are now weighing up a move for Lockyer.
So would it be a good signing? And do they need him?
We quizzed our FLW writers…
This could be a decent signing after some impressive outings with Charlton last season
Lockyer is a good player and there’s a need for QPR to get bodies in at the back given Leistner is departing the club, or on the verge of moving out.
Lockyer is 25 and a great age for a centre-back, with his best years to come in the coming seasons.
Warburton could be good for him, with QPR a much more solid Championship base to work in.
That’s the defender’s level at the moment and you can’t imagine that he’s going to be short of options to step back up into the second-tier.
Can you name where each of these 14 ex-QPR players are playing now?
Could be a good signing.
Lockyer did a decent job for Charlton last season and I think in the Championship he can hold his own.
Sometimes a few mistakes could creep in but he was obviously learning at this level and should be stronger for the experience with the Addicks.
He’s not going to break the bank for the Hoops and I think he’d be eager to sign for them so I think it’s certainly worth a look.
This would be a smart bit of business.
Lockyer was one of the few players to come away with much credit to their name as Charlton were relegated from the Championship on the final day of the season.
But it seems likely that he’ll be leaving the club in the summer, especially if other clubs in the second tier are to register their interest in his services.
QPR have recently told Toni Leistner that he can leave the club this summer, and so the centre of defence is certainly an area of the squad that needs to be strengthened by Mark Warburton.
Lockyer has experience of playing in the Championship regularly, and has shown that he is more than capable of performing to a high standard.
With any potential deal being available at a cheaper fee than normal with Charlton being relegated, this could be a really good signing for QPR if they get an agreement in place to sign Lockyer.