Queens Park Rangers’ promotion push has quelled somewhat in recent weeks, but they remain in a solid position after their derisory start to the campaign.
Steve McClaren’s charges are seven points off the play-offs and have a harsh winter window after financial penalties were handed to them earlier in the season.
A one-out-one-in system is effectively in use at Loftus Road if any potential signings are to be made.
There are certainly many players whose time at QPR could be on the verge of concluding if they are on the hunt for more game time.
Failing to do so could leave their careers in limbo.
With that said, these QPR players face an uncertain future if they don’t secure moves in the coming days
With an alteration in system and the arrival of Tomer Hemed and Nahki Wells, first team opportunity has come at a premium for Smith.
Two starts and 21 substitute appearances tell you all you need to know about his position in the team and if he does not secure a move away this month, then the trend could well continue heading into the rest of the campaign.
Smith leaving, too, could free up some wages for a new signing that would surely feature more than the 29-year-old has this term.
The arrival of Angel Rangel killed off Baptiste’s chances featuring often, and that was indeed the case as he has not appeared for the club since a 3-0 defeat to Swansea back at the end of September.
Darnell Furlong has been preferred in that role with Rangel out so now the 32-year-old is third in the pecking order for the right-back spot, and his future will remain unclear should not be able to get a move away.
The 23-year-old has made just one League Cup appearance this term, playing 65 minutes in a 2-0 defeat to Blackpool back at the end of September.
Having failed to establish himself under former boss Ian Holloway, that trend continued under McClaren having never looked to be in his plans.
His days at Loftus Road are numbered, and his career could continue to stagnate at the London club should he remain with the Hoops come the end of the transfer window.