Mark Warburton has stated that it is unlikely that defender Conor Masterson will go out loan after his impressive performance against Leeds on Saturday.
The youngster was pivotal throughout and put in a display that clearly impressed the R’s boss as they managed to earn a 1-0 victory against Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
He only got his opportunity in the side after Yoann Barbet and Toni Leistner both picked up injuries that would see them be ruled out of the fixture.
It’s a sign of improvement for a QPR side that has continuously leaked goals throughout the campaign and they are now showing that they can defend against some of the best attacking players in the Championship.
Warburton has expressed that the 21-year-old is now in his plans and is unlikely to leave on loan after impressing throughout his full league debut.
Speaking to West London Sport on the possibility of loaning Masterson out, Warburton said: “Probably not, after that.
“Things happen for a reason. We’ve had Yoann (Barbet) out, Angel Rangel out and Toni (Leistner) out, so we were very thin.
“You saw Conor’s response. He was excellent. The most pleasing thing for me was that he thoroughly enjoyed it. He loved it.”
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Warburton is making the right decision by not letting him out on loan as he’s been very impressing in the brief stints he’s had on the pitch in the last couple of weeks.
On Saturday, he was excellent against a Leeds side that have some of the best attacking players in the division, but he didn’t look out of place at all during the fixture. With his age as well, he’s only going to improve.
The QPR backline has come under serious scrutiny throughout the season and it’s not surprising having seen how many goals they’ve conceded. The R’s may well see these injuries as a blessing in disguise in the future, if it means that Masterson plays and helps towards clean sheets.