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In what was Mark Warburton’s first transfer window in charge of the club, QPR embarked on a busy summer of business in which they signed 14 new players.
The R’s managed to capture Marc Pugh and Todd Kane on free transfers from Premier League sides Bournemouth and Chelsea respectively, while Geoff Cameron, Yoann Barbet, Conor Masterson, Dominic Ball and Lee Wallace also arrived for nothing.
It was a major overhaul, but who have been the three best new faces to arrive at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium?
Let’s take a look…
Having spent the entirety of last season on loan with the R’s, the Londoners managed to re-sign the Bermuda international from Burnley for the 2019/20 campaign on deadline day.
Impressively, in just six Championship starts, the 29-year-old has scored six goals while also grabbing an assist.
His two-goal haul against Luton helped the R’s to a 3-2 win, while another brace from the former Bradford man helped QPR beat Millwall 2-1 – Wells, in that respect, has won six of QPR’s 19 points alone.
This seemed a strange one at the time.
Ball had just been released by Rotherham, before Warburton decided to reunite himself with a player he had coached at Rangers and Brentford.
A defender by trade – as QPR’s announcement detailed him – Ball has shone in a defensive midfield role for the R’s this term, where his mopping up ahead of the defence has allowed Eberechi Eze and Ilias Chair to thrive.
Given his impact, coupled with the fact that he was free, Ball is definitely one of Warburton’s best signings.
Like Wells, Hugill was also brought in on loan from a Premier League side in West Ham, and has had a similar impact at the top end of the pitch.
The former Preston man has also scored six goals, and similarly to Wells, his strikes have earned QPR six points – Hugill netted the winner in the 2-1 win over Stoke, and also scored twice in a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
His physical prowess, coupled with Wells’ pace, has contributed to what is an effective strike partnership for the R’s.