QPR coach and former player Neil Banfield has delivered his verdict on how life might look at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium next season should their highly-rated stars depart.
The likes of Ebere Eze, Bright Osayi-Samuel and Illias Chair have all attracted plenty of interest from both the Championship and Premier League since the start of the season, and the R’s will be braced for some significant bids in the summer.
But Banfield insists that even if one, two or all three of the attackers were to leave in the next transfer window, QPR could still come out of it stronger.
“They’ve got really bright futures and I think they can definitely grace the Premier League,” he said in an interview with West London Sport.
“They can all handle the ball, they work hard, have got a good attitude and they’ve been schooled really well.
“Obviously we don’t want them to leave. We’d love to get promoted and play with Ebs, Ilias and Brighty, but I think you’ve got to be realistic.
“But the real world is that if a club comes in now with loads of money then those lads have got to go. It’s just a fact of life.
“As long as it gets put back into the club and you go and get the next one, then you go again and can be stronger for it.”
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Eze has been the star performer so far, netting 12 goals and assisting a further eight in 37 league appearances so far, attracting the interest of Tottenham Hotspur in the process.
Osayi-Samuel has scored five and set-up eight whilst Chair has got more modest stats of four goals and five assists in the second.
Both are likely to attract interest, however, with Bright catching the eye of Burnley and West Brom during the January transfer window, according to reports from The Kilburn Times.
I am inclined to agree with Banfield, however, you have suspect that if all three were to leave it would bring on a definite hangover period.
The trio have been so important for the R’s this season and no matter how much money is brought in for them during the summer, it is always going to take a while for them to prove as effective.
You would hope that plans are already in place at the club for replacements should they depart in the summer which, for Eze at least, seems inevitable.