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QPR have had a rather good start to the season, and Mark Warburton will be delighted with the progress that his side have made after 15 games of the new campaign.
The R’s sit 9th despite many tipping them to be much further down the table, and they’ve scored a large amount of goals as they showcase their attacking new style on a regular basis in the division.
The good start to the season has brought some bad news for the R’s supporters though. This is because of the constant transfer speculation about some of their players.
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One of those affected is Ryan Manning. The versatile player is useful within the midfield or as a full-back and has a brilliant athleticism to get up and down the left-hand side.
His start to the campaign has made Premier League clubs open their eyes, and Newcastle United are said to be keeping a very close eye on him with the January transfer window just two months away.
The problem that Warburton and QPR have is that Manning is out of contract next summer, meaning that they’ll have to cash in if Manning decides not to sign a new QPR contract.
This is a huge decision not just for the player, but for the club as a whole. They are finally getting back on their feet after some really rocky years both on the pitch and in terms of their finances behind closed doors.
This is now an opportunity to build a team around some very talented individuals such as Manning, Eberechi Eze and Ilias Chair. They have the core there to have a good future, but it’s now about making sure they can keep them.
The worry is that if Manning was to go, Eze could potentially see a lack of ambition from the club to try their best to tie him down and could follow in his footsteps and leave the club. There have been reports that a whole host of clubs in the top division also want the midfielder, and that’s why Manning’s decision isn’t just big for himself.
If both were to leave, supporters would be visibly unhappy and it would be a massive blow at QPR’s chances of making a surprising top-six finish.