Conceding 70 goals a season is never going to be a recipe for a successful season, so it is of no surprise that QPR struggled to break into the top half last year.
Steve McClaren will be well aware of this and will be looking to strengthen his backline before the end of the summer. It would not be a surprise to see Barnsley’s Adam Jackson on his shopping list.
The centre-back was one of the Yorkshire side’s most impressive players in a tough season. His 2.7 interceptions and 7.5 clearances per game showed him to be a reliable figure in a side that was always likely to struggle. The importance of the 24-year old was demonstrated when he missed four months through injury. The Tykes struggled for form and went on a fatal ten game winless streak as they descended into the relegation zone.
Jackson has shown himself capable of performing at this level; it would be a surprise to see him playing in League One next season. He would also be a natural fit into QPR’s defence. Too often was the defence split by through balls. As a natural interceptor of the ball, Jackson would go some way to reducing this vulnerability.
Barnsley were a side that faced a great deal of pressure and so Jackson’s numbers must be viewed in that context. However, his consistent performances show that he is able to deal with such pressure. A move to Loftus Road would be in the interest of both parties.
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