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Clarke-Salter in: As things stand, is this QPR’s best XI as 22/23 season approaches?

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QPR fought to try and break into the play-off spots in the last Championship campaign but fell away when it really mattered and it just wasn’t meant to be in the end.

Mark Warburton, having tried his best to drag the Hoops towards promotion, parted ways with the club at the end of his deal and now Michael Beale is left trying to take the club forward. Whether he can do so or not may be largely down to how he fares this summer.

There are already some good options in place for QPR but Beale will want to stamp his authority on the side and make some slight tweaks and adjustments.

They’ve already moved quickly to bring in two new faces in Jake Clarke-Salter and Kenneth Paal – and there could be more to come.

Ahead of the next season then, here is their best XI ahead of that campaign so far.

It really is a tough one to call as to how they will line-up in terms of personnel and formation, with a new manager likely meaning a fresh style of play, strategy and a clean slate for everybody involved at the club.

Beale has previously deployed a 5-3-2 though when in charge of the Liverpool Under-23 side and a similar approach could work for the Hoops here. Both Paal and Clarke-Salter could fit straight in, with the backline for QPR looking very solid and very impressive.

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Clarke-Salter has proven he can be a very good centre-back but Rob Dickie was also arguably one of the best in the Championship in the last campaign and Jimmy Dunne shone when he was called upon too. They could certainly boast one of the best backlines in the league as things stand.

Onto the flanks and on the right, it could be a case of how attacking or defensive Beale wants to go. If he feels Albert Adomah could fill in at the back, then the experienced winger could fill in at that position. Alternatively, Osman Kakay is young, has some games under his belt and is ready to go.

In the midfield, Luke Amos and Sam Field will likely scrap it out for a spot alongside Stefan Johansen, who is a commanding figure in the centre of the field. Just in front of them, Ilias Chair bagged nine goals and five assists in the last campaign, making him the best source of attacking output that is still at the club.

For the two strikers, Lyndon Dykes is a typical out-and-out forward and should get the nod. Alongside him, with not too many other attacking options right now, Chris Willock deserves to keep getting gametime and could be shifted into his strike partner as things stand – and it could work out well.


Writer for Football League World.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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