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QPR trio receive damning verdict as Championship play-off hopes slip away

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Former QPR striker Kevin Gallen says that the club’s attacking trio of Lyndon Dykes, Andre Gray and Charlie Austin have let their side down this season.

After a promising start to the campaign that saw Mark Warburton’s side competing a for a Championship play-off, things have dropped off significantly in the past few months.

QPR have won just three of their last 16 league games, a run that has seen them slip to tenth in the Championship table, six points sixth place Sheffield United with two games to play, and a much worse goal difference.

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So far this season, Gray has scored nine times in 27 league games since joining on loan from Watford, while Dykes has eight goals in 31 league outings, with Austin’s 33 Championship matches delivering just four goals.

But between them, the trio have scored just four goals in this current 16 game run the club are on, with all of those coming courtesy of Gray.

Now it seems as though Gallen, who scored over 100 goals in more than 400 QPR appearances across two spells with the club, believes that current crop of forwards, needed to deliver more for Warburton’s side.

Speaking to West London Sport, Gallen said: “The strikers this season I think have been really poor and let the team down.

“All three of them haven’t got going one bit. They might say ‘I’ve never had a proper run of games’ and this, that and the other. But when they have played I haven’t been impressed.

“Andre Gray in the last six weeks has done a lot better but before that didn’t do much.

“Charlie Austin started the season OK. Since then he hasn’t really played and when he comes on he hasn’t looked half the player he was last season.

“Lyndon Dykes is the same. The Lyndon Dykes from the end of last season to this season is a completely different player.”

The Verdict

You do feel that Gallen may have a point with his assessment here.

When you look at the teams who are currently occupying the top seven spots in the Championship table, all of them have got at least one player or striker who is comfortably well into double figures this season.

That though, is something that not one of that QPR attacking trio has managed to do this season, and when you look at that correlation, it does seem as though that may have been costly for the London club.

As a result, you get the feeling that in what could be a summer of change at QPR, at least one new striker ought to be on the agenda for the club.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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