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Opinion: QPR should offload 26-year-old to fuel summer rebuild



Queens Park Rangers could be set for a major summer rebuild after their dramatic fall-out from the play-off picture this season.

With Mark Warburton out of contract at the end of the season, the West Londoners could be preparing to go in a new direction in terms of their recruitment for 2022/23.

Due to the club’s financial difficulties since dropping out of the Premier League, Rangers are not able to compete towards the top end of the Championship when it comes to the hottest prospects in the second tier, but their location could work in their favour particularly with loan players.

Ilias Chair and Chris Willock were the main reason that the club were involved in the automatic promotion conversation in the first half of the season, and if they were tighter at the back, they may well still be in the play-offs.

QPR only have four defenders under contract for next season, three centre backs and Osman Kakay, a backup right wing back, and cashing in on one of those players could give them the financial muscle to address other areas of the squad, rather than allowing their regression of the second half of this term to continue into the next.

At 26, Rob Dickie’s transfer value is possibly the highest it is going to get in his career, and the ball playing centre back’s contract runs until the summer of 2024.

His contract situation means that his valuation will only decrease, if he does not sign a new one, and he stays at the club beyond the summer window.

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The demand for ball playing centre backs has increased substantially in recent years and the chances are that QPR could recoup an eight figure fee for Dickie’s services this summer.

Reinvesting that kind of money, or a large portion of it, in this squad that has the nucleus of a promotion pushing group already, could enable them to go one better and book a spot in the top six next season.

With a long term view, QPR should  mirror their West London rivals, Brentford, and reinvest a transfer fee for Rob Dickie smartly, to come back stronger in 2022/23.

Passionate Football League obsessive and long-suffering Charlton Athletic supporter.

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