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QPR have had a really interesting start to the season, and have looked very impressive in terms of their attacking football under Mark Warburton.
They have progressed very well and are becoming a feared outfit in the division, especially through the brilliant attacking players that they have such as Eberechi Eze, Jordan Hugill and Nahki Wells.
All three of them have netted on numerous occasions this season, and that has often got them over the line. It’s needed as well as Warburton’s side have still been unable to keep a clean sheet so far this season, and the campaign is now 15 games deep.
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However, sometimes in games when their attackers do find it frustrating, it seems as though there is currently no plan B. Saying that, there are no options who have come off the bench and been a threat for the R’s.
One of the culpable players is Marc Pugh. He joined QPR on a free from Bournemouth in the summer, but has been rather poor in terms of the output that he’s given the side. He’s actually appeared in 11 of the 15 games so far this campaign, but is yet to get on the scoresheet or do anything of notice.
Yes, most of the appearances were from the subs bench but he has to do more, and many QPR fans voiced their discontent on different social media platforms this weekend.
QPR lost on Saturday to a strong Leeds side, going down 2-0 at Elland Road. However, whilst the game was still 1-0, Pugh entered the fray but failed to do anything of notice and once again looked completely off the pace in what is a strong Championship division.
The R’s need more from him, and not necessarily in big amounts, but when he comes off the bench he has to offer more as the squad is very depleted due to the amount of players that Warburton’s side shipped out over the summer. They have to make sure that they stop losing fixtures in the second-half due to this problem.
QPR take on Middlesbrough next week, in what is a big game for both sides as they look to fight at different ends of the table.