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QPR are set to complete the signing of midfielder Andre Dozzell from Ipswich Town, a report from West London Sport has revealed.
A graduate of Ipswich’s academy, Dozzell has made a total of 93 senior appearances in all competitions for the Tractor Boys, scoring three goals in that time.
According to this latest update however, Dozzell now looks set to make the step up to the Championship for next season, with QPR said to have agreed a deal for the 22-year-old.
So is Dozzell likely to be a guaranteed starter for QPR during the 2021/22 campaign?
We put that question to some of our Football League World writers, and here, is a look at what they had to say.
Time will tell.
There are still a few uncertain aspects about QPR’s midfield this summer so it’s hard to predict exactly.
At the moment, though, it does look as though he’s got a great shot of being a real regular presence in the middle of the park.
Tom Carroll is set to be leaving, we’ll have to see how Luke Amos is after a long injury out and Charlie Owens will probably take time to get into contention, too.
Stefan Johansen may still arrive but at the moment it could well be Sam Field and Dozzell as the midfield two, which looks pretty decent on paper, whilst Dom Ball will obviously want to push for a spot as well.
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I see him being a regular starter, yes.
I don’t think anyone should be a guaranteed starter, especially at Dozzell’s age as he needs to work hard and keep level-headed at his age.
But there is definitely scope for a midfielder to come in and replace Tom Carroll in the side given that he has rejected a new contract in West London.
Dozzell seems like a Mark Warburton player to a tee. He is tidy on the ball, has an engine on him and has plenty of potential.
For me, QPR have unearthed a bit of a gem here as they always seem to do, and I think he’d be a regular starter alongside Sam Field next season.
I don’t see why not, I think game time would have been one of the main determining factors behind the move.
He may be particularly lightweight in terms of physicality, but I think the way QPR are trying to play football will suit his skillset.
It may be the case that Warburton will look to bed him in slowly, but I do feel Dozzell has the ability to make an impact quickly.
He’ll also benefit heavily from playing with better players than he did at Ipswich.
Overall I can see this being a very shrewd piece of business by the R’s and it shows they are heading in the right direction in terms of building for the future.