Queens Park Rangers confirmed another high-profile departure on Tuesday as Darnell Furlong followed Luke Freeman out of Loftus Road this summer.
The right-back was a regular under Steve McClaren last season, racking up 25 appearances in the second-tier and taking his total for the club to 72.
He graduated through the club’s academy before spending time out on loan with Northampton Town, Cambridge United and Swindon Town, but has now been scooped up by West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies paid a reported £1.5million for the 23-year-old’s signature and it was a deal that was met with a fair bit of anger from the Rangers’ faithful.
— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) July 24, 2019
But the club’s owner and former chairman Tony Fernandes publicly backed the decision on Wednesday morning, writing that he was proud of the club for bringing through such talented players and that hopefully they can continue to improve.
And it is a view that plenty of QPR fans held mixed opinons of…
Continue to improve ?? Where are we improving Tony ? Can’t see it myself ????????
— Ross Lee (@RossLee_) July 24, 2019
We aren’t developing players, most have been bombed out on loan. Selling a young, home grown player for £1.5m is nothing to celebrate about. It’s a pitiful fee for a player with great potential. And continuing to improve? Give me a break. We’ll be lucky to stay in this league.
— S Michail (@smichail89) July 24, 2019
10 years of development for 1.5m ????????????????
— george (@George_QPR) July 24, 2019
Not good enough to command a bigger fee than £1.5M? All the time and money QPR have invested in him with nothing to show for it.
— Cal ???????? (@ska_qpr) July 24, 2019
Improve? You brought us as a Premiership team. How exactly have we improved under you?
— qprvks (@TheRealVickyTea) July 24, 2019
By improving do you mean go from a newly promoted premier league side with the world at its feet to one scraping around the bottom end of the championship with no money, getting their pants pulled down on transfer fees and being 10 days away from a new season with no forwards?
— Greg Shepherd (@GregQpr) July 24, 2019
If this is improvement I’d hate to see what going backwards is . Half a team of loans couple end of careers dosnt mean we are going to develop many players this season .
— William wall (@Wombatpart2) July 24, 2019