This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
QPR travel to Hull City this weekend with Mark Warburton’s side looking to bounce back from two defeats in their last three outings, and make some in-roads in the race to get into the play-off places.
One player who who is though making a big contribution at Loftus Road this season is Ryan Manning, who after four years at the club is finally making his mark under Warburton and in doing so is putting himself in the shop-window for Premier League sides, with Southampton and Newcastle keeping tabs.
But how much is Manning worth amid interest from Southampton and Newcastle?
“In today’s market, Ryan Manning could be worth at least £5m as his performances for Queens Park Rangers this season have been extremely promising.
“Currently being utilised as a full-back by the Hoops, the 23-year-old has excelled in this particular role.
“As well as being a fantastic reader of the game in a defensive sense, Manning has also provided a threat going forward having set-up two goals for his team-mates during the opening months of the campaign.
“Although QPR may be tempted to cash in on the former Galway United man in January, they should consider keeping him at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium as doing so could help them push on in the Championship.”
“Certainly a lot more than the £2-3m mentioned!
“Obviously, the fact his contract is running down is a concern and it means the R’s aren’t going to get his full value even when they extend it for another year.
“However, £3m is an insult from a PL club really. Why would they sell for that? I’d say QPR should be holding out for at least double that when you consider the resources the buying clubs have.
“He is 23-years-old, versatile and is only going to get better. I do fear that the Londoners may struggle to keep hold of Manning because a move to the top-flight is going to appeal, so they need to work on getting the best fee possible and £6m would be a fair amount in this climate.”
“Manning has made an excellent start to the season in QPR’s left-back slot, but the fact his contract is quickly running down means he could be sold for a cut-price fee.
“QPR will surely take up the option they have to extend his contract until 2021, but even this would not really prevent Newcastle and Southampton from signing him for slightly under his value.
“I think Manning could easily be worth around £10million if he maintains his current performance level until January. At 23 he is still young, while he has also already acquired plenty of Championship experience so far in his career.
“However, I fear he could be sold for closer to the £5million mark if QPR fail to tie him down on a long-term contract. His current deal expires in the summer and Manning will now be aware of interest which could put him off signing a deal with the Rs.”