Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton has revealed that he is weighing up the possibility of starting Charlie Austin, Lyndon Dykes and Andre Gray in tomorrow’s clash with AFC Bournemouth.
The Hoops produced an incredible fightback in their recent showdown with Reading as late goals from Gray and Stefan Johansen secured a point at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.
Yet to suffer a defeat this season, QPR will be determined to extend their current unbeaten run by delivering a positive performance against Bournemouth.
Whereas Dykes did not feature against Reading, he is expected to make his return to action on Tuesday.
One of the QPR’s stand-out players during the opening weeks of the new term, the Scotland international has already managed to find the back of the net on three occasions for his side and thus will fancy his chances of adding to his tally at the Vitality Stadium.
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Meanwhile, Austin will be looking to use his wealth of experience at this level to help QPR maintain their momentum in the Championship.
During his career to date, the forward has scored 84 goals in 189 appearances in the second-tier.
Speaking to West London Sport ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Bournemouth about his attacking options, Warburton said: “To have Charlie’s prowess in the box, to have Andre’s pace and power and have Lyndon Dykes, who will be back on Tuesday, we are blessed with options up top.
“I might start all three with Chris Willock or Ilias Chair behind them, I may start with one I may start with two, but there is no doubt we have some options.
“Forwards are asked to work really hard against tough defences and at Reading Charlie did the work for Andre and he got the rewards.
“But the first person to congratulate Andre was Charlie Austin and that speaks volumes about him as well.”
When you consider that QPR have three strikers at their disposal who are capable of setting the second-tier alight, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if they cause havoc in an attacking sense against Bournemouth.
With Warburton deciding to keep his options open ahead of this clash, it will be intriguing to see who is given the nod to start at the Vitality Stadium.
Whereas Gray was able to make an impact for QPR as a substitute on Saturday, he may still be lacking match fitness compared to Dykes and Austin who have both made five appearances in all competitions this season.
Providing that Austin, Dykes and Gray are able to maintain their form over the coming months, they could potentially spearhead a push for promotion.