Queens Park Rangers are one of a number of Championship clubs who have this week been linked with Swindon Town midfielder Scott Twine, per The Sun on Sunday (04/04, page 61).
The Hoops, along with Brentford and Barnsley, have all been credited with an interest in the 21-year-old, who has been in flying form for both the Robins and in his loan spell with League Two side Newport County in the first half of the campaign, scoring 11 times in 37 league games (Sofascore).
Twine is out of contract at the end of this season and he would represent a cheap punt for any second tier side willing to take a gamble on him.
QPR may well be the best fit for him though – let’s look at the potential impacts he would have on Mark Warburton’s side should they win the race for him this summer.
More long range goals
Twine has created a bit of a reputation for himself this season by becoming a master at scoring goals from outside the box.
This goal against Ipswich Town wasn’t his first long range effort of the season – he’s done it for both Newport and Swindon and he’s become very feared from that kind of distance.
QPR don’t really have anyone who is willing to take a chance from range to try and get on the scoresheet – they’d rather feed in the strikers or cut inside and into the box with the likes of Chris Willock and Ilias Chair.
So Twine would add a new dimension to their play going forward should he be picked up.
Greater depth in attacking midfield
Mark Warburton’s new favoured system since the turn of the year has been one using three centre-backs, and up top he’s switched between using one attacking midfielder and two strikers, and two attacking midfielders with one lone front-man.
The R’s simply don’t have a lot of depth in attacking midfield though. Sure they have a few wingers – Chris Willock, Albert Adomas, George Thomas – but as far as a natural ‘number 10’ goes, there’s just Ilias Chair after the club did not replace Ebere Eze last summer.
Now Twine is no Eze, let’s just put that out there, but he would add more depth and he can also play in a number of different positions, including deeper in midfield and out wide, so not only does he add an option to compete with Chair, but he also brings versatility.