It’s largely been the story of Queens Park Rangers’ season so far that there have been more good performances than their points tally suggests.
Of course, at times this season the R’s have been below par – the away loss at Huddersfield a clear example – but on several other occasions, they have deserved more than they’ve got – matches against the likes of Bournemouth, Bristol City and Reading all examples of that.
Indeed, one of the occurring themes for the Hoops is that, when they’ve been on top, they’ve not killed a game off and, that said, the latest transfer doing the rounds has the potential to help solve that.
As per West London Sport, the R’s are interested in Doncaster Rovers midfielder Ben Whiteman – a man in superb form this season.
In all competitions, he has eight goals and six assists from midfield, topping the charts for both at Donny, whilst he’s also taken the most shots.
A box-to-box midfielder, it’s clear he knows when to attack at the right moments to get his side a goal.
And, by contrast, that is clearly one of the areas QPR are lacking in.
Lyndon Dykes and Ilias Chair are the joint top-scorers in all competitions with five strikes, whilst Bright Osayi-Samuel leads the assist chart with two – he is the only man at Rangers with more than one this season in all competitions.
Mark Warburton has time and again urged his side to be more ruthless in the box but through over-playing or poor finishing, they’ve not sewn up games and then gone on to pay the price.
Adding another striker might be the obvious ploy this January window but, in fact, adding a surging midfielder with a clear eye for goal might just breakthrough the resistance to winning games the R’s seem to have right now.
Whiteman appears a man on a charge whenever he takes to the pitch, and QPR could use that kind of impetus and drive in the second half of the season.