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 have enjoyed a promising start to the campaign and Mark Warburton’s side are showing signs that they can challenge for a place in the top-six in the Championship.
The Rs have now been linked with a potential move for Watford forward Andre Gray as they aim to make further additions to their squad before the transfer window comes to a close.
It is believed that QPR have been joined by both Middlesbrough and Birmingham City in attempting to pursue a move for Gray, who was left out of Watford’s squad for their opening game of the campaign against Aston Villa.
So, with QPR interested in making a swoop for Gray, we asked our FLW writers whether they feel it would be the right signing for the Rs…
I think this would be a shrewd signing.
Gray has gone off the boil a bit in recent years, and made only 14 starts in the Championship last season but still managed to score five goals.
He is a proven goalscorer at this level, though, and more importantly, he has thrived under Mark Warburton at Brentford before.
He may be 30, but he still has something to offer at this level in my view, and if they can only a portion of his wages whilst on loan, then it could be a positive one.
They should get this done as soon as possible.
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I don’t think there’s any harm in them bringing him in but it all depends on whether it is financially viable or not.
His move to Watford hasn’t really worked out and he hasn’t exactly been prolific over the last few years.
I’m not sure if he would get in ahead of the likes of Charlie Austin and Lyndon Dykes so I could see him being more of a back up option.
He’s not really greatly needed and I think the R’s have to be careful when considering whether this would be good value for money or not. I don’t see him moving to West London in truth and to be honest I think a move to Birmingham City seems his most likely option.
Signing Gray would be a strange move in my eyes, particularly given the way they’ve set up through the first few weeks of the season.
The 5-3-2 that Mark Waburton has preferred allows him to use the likes of Chris Willock and Albert Adomah as forwards, alongside the two more traditional number nines Charlie Austin and Lyndon Dykes.
The R’s have also got 19-year-old Charlie Kelman as an option, so I’m not convinced that signing Gray makes a huge amount of sense.
He’s obviously got a great record in the Championship and knows how to win promotion to the Premier League but it’s unlikely to be a cheap deal.
Given the likes of Boro and West Brom do need another striker quite desperately, I’d back them to beat QPR in the race for Gray and honestly I think that’s good news for the west London club.