Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of Swansea will have come as a huge relief for fans of QPR, as the Hoops took just their second win in 16 games to move eight points clear of the relegation zone with just four games of the season remaining, all but ensuring the Loftus Road side will be playing Championship football again next season.
While it was a hugely welcome and potentially decisive result for Rangers, there is still much to ponder longer term, and with summer fast approaching, so returns the concern of losing key players in transfer window.
Two players QPR will surely be desperate to keep hold of more than most are Luke Freeman and Massimo Luongo, with the experienced duo both having attracted interest in recent transfer windows.
Both Freeman and Luongo have been key to Rangers’ hopes of survival this season, and indeed their push further up the division earlier in the season.
Both Freeman’s creativity and attacking threat, combined with Luongo’s command of the centre of the park have been invaluable assets to Rangers this season and throughout their time at the club, making it essential that Rangers’ retain their services throughout the summer and into next season.
That however could well be easier said than done.
Just as QPR will be looking to do, clubs further up the league will be keen to strengthen their sides, and both Luongo and Freeman would do just that for a number of clubs.
While Freeman has two more seasons on his Loftus Road contract, Luongo’s deal with the club is set to expire at the end of next season, meaning it could well be tempting for QPR to cash in on the Australian.
Without a manager to present a long term plan to members of the squad, convincing any players to turn down moves elsewhere in the summer will surely prove difficult at the minute, though drawing up a list of targets, establishing a budget and bringing in new faces may prove even harder to do.
Whoever comes in therefore, will have a big job on their hands and not much time to do it in when they arrive at the club.
Keeping Freeman and Luongo though will be high on the list of priorities, because if they Rangers fail to do that, next season could suddenly become just as if not more difficult than this one.