Pawel Wszolek was released by Queens Park Rangers in the summer. But after seeing his recent form with Legia Warsaw, will Rangers’ fans be missing his services?
One of the victims of Mark Warburton’s mass overhaul in the summer, Pawel Wszolek was let go by the club and it saw him return to his home country Poland, with 13-time Polish Champions Legia Warsaw.
The right-sided midfielder joined QPR ahead of the 2016/17 season, initially on a season-long loan from Italian side Verona.
Impressing at his new club, his move was made permanent on the January deadline of that season – Wszolek played 31 times for QPR that season, scoring three goals.
He became more of a prominent figure in the 2017/18 season under Ian Holloway, but his best campaign was his last in West London.
Last year, the 27-year-old played 38 times for QPR in the Championship, and went on a fine-scoring run over the New Year period when Steve McLaren deployed him in a more attacking right-wing position.
As well as being capped 11 times by his national side, Wzsolek was an unsung hero for large parts of his QPR career and was only let go to further relieve the club’s wage budget.
Given his skill-set – strength and speed, good on the ball and an eye for goal, he would’ve fitted in Warburton’s QPR perfectly.
Under Warburton, QPR more often than not line-up with a back-five consisting of three centre-backs and two wing-backs.
Ryan Manning has had a joyous season so far on the left, whilst Angel Rangel has put in some solid defensive displays on the right.
Should QPR have kept Pawel Wszolek in the summer?
Wszolek would’ve been a better suit that Rangel in that position though, and one can only imagine how well he might have played there under Warburton.
The club aren’t necessarily ruing Wszolek’s departure, but the fact that QPR would be a better side with him in it in undeniable.
He began the season with Legia on the sidelines, but made his debut last month from the bench. Since then, he’s started all four of Legia’s league fixtures, scoring twice in the process from a more advanced right-wing position.
Wszolek was a player who adapted to any situation, any position and always gave his very best. He was often outspoken at the club and probably wouldn’t favour a return to West London, but his presence this season would’ve certainly been a bonus for Warburton.