7 QPR players surely keen to leave Loftus Road this summer
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7 QPR players surely keen to leave Loftus Road this summer

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QPR are hoping to stay in the Championship this season, but the future at Loftus Road seems promising with Marti Cifuentes at the helm.

Following his arrival in late October, and after a dismal start to the season under Gareth Ainsworth that saw them as one of the favourites for relegation, Cifuentes’ team has turned things around and appears to be only a few points away from safety with only a few games remaining.

With safety practically assured, the club can start planning for the next season, and how they operate in the market will have a significant impact on whether they can look up the table rather than down it in 2024/25.

Some players, however, will be looking for new opportunities, particularly those who are now failing to break into Cifuentes’ plans. With survival in mind, here’s a look at some of the players who may be looking to leave QPR this summer.

Elijah Dixon-Bonner

Dixon-Bonner joined the Rangers as a free agent in October 2022, after being released by Premier League heavyweights Liverpool in June 2022 for failing to make an impression on Merseyside, and has primarily played as a substitute during the 2023/24 Championship season.

Despite making a number of appearances this season, the midfielder is rarely named in Cifuentes’ starting 11, thus it would not be surprising if the 23-year-old leaves Loftus Road for a new opportunity once his contract ends.

Jordan Archer

Asmir Begovic’s presence at Loftus Road has meant that the former goalkeeper has not received the minutes he desires, but the 31-year-old has appeared content with his status as an understudy for some time now.

However, considering his paucity of appearances since 2019, no one could blame the Scotland international for leaving the West London club on a free transfer at the conclusion of the season in pursuit of more playing time than Cifuentes and co. can provide.

Aaron Drewe

The 23-year-old right-back has not played much for West London this season, despite being named to the team four times. Drewe needs to find first-team football and play on a regular basis at this stage of his career.

His contract is set to expire at the end of the season, but his lack of appearances may imply that his exit would be no major loss to the Loftus Road club and could be the best decision for his own career.

Jake Clarke-Salter

Clarke-Salter’s stock has never been higher, and he has the opportunity to make a significant move this summer at a critical moment in his career. The 26-year-old still has two years on his contract but has been one of the top performers under Cifuentes.

Clarke-Salter has done so well that he will either hope to secure his spot as a regular starter under the new management through 2024 and next season, or seek a promotion as he approaches the prime years of his football career.

Joe Walsh

QPR will be in a difficult position this summer since all three of their senior goalkeepers are out of contract. Begovic is clearly the first choice, and Archer has spent practically the whole last three seasons on the bench, while Walsh has recently been away from the Rs.

He joined Accrington Stanley on an emergency loan and started nine games for them, but with the 22-year-old’s contract expiring at the end of the season, it would not be surprising if he left to become a main stopper elsewhere. At QPR, he is third in the pecking order and rarely plays.

Michael Frey

Aside from his critical goal against Norwich City, Frey has had little influence at Loftus Road. While he has helped to offer depth to their attacking options, which were limited in January, he has not looked like a second-tier footballer thus far.

Sinclair Armstrong needs to improve his minutes in the future seasons, and it’s difficult to see Frey contributing in a weird move to West London. The 29-year-old will almost probably look to go somewhere in Europe this summer.

Taylor Richards

The initial arrangement to take Richards on loan from Brighton included a buy-out clause, but activating it has proven disastrous for Richards, who has struggled to get a look in and has become something of a forgotten man at Loftus Road.

The 23-year-old will be desperate to find a place next season, whether on loan or on a permanent basis, to restart his stuttering career. Richards has limited future at QPR while Cifuentes remains in charge.

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