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QPR: Seny Dieng must fancy his chances of first-team action upon his January return

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.

Back in the summer, QPR man Seny Dieng joined League One side Doncaster Rovers on a short-term loan deal and is expected to return to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on January 4th.

The Swiss-born glovesman of Senegalese citizenship has made eight appearances across all competitions for Donny this term, breaking into the first-team after spending the first seven league games on the bench.

In his six League One appearances so far, the 24-year-old has kept two clean sheets, helping put an end to Peterborough’s seven-game unbeaten run on his first league appearance for Donny.

He has failed to keep a clean sheet in his two cup appearances, although Dieng has done well to wrestle the shirt from Irishman Ian Lawlor in such a short space of time at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Furthermore, Dieng has a pass success rate of 74% in League One this season, an average that neither of QPR’s two keepers in Joe Lumley and Liam Kelly can get close to – Lumley has a pass success rate of 66.3%, whereas Kelly has 68.7%.

Dieng has also conceded just nine goals in his eight appearances, which is quite impressive when you consider that Kelly and Lumley are culpable for the R’s conceding as many as 26 goals in 14 games this term.

While his efforts should fill him with confidence, a situation currently going on at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium should give him further encouragement in terms of his hopes for a first-team place at QPR.

Mark Warburton has been undecided on who he wants to start in between the sticks so far this season.

The former Brentford boss gave Lumley the No.1 shirt for the first nine Championship games of the campaign, although after a string of errors – namely against Luton and West Brom – summer signing Kelly was entrusted to start.

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The 23-year-old has started the last five league games in Lumley’s place, although Kelly – like Lumley – is yet to keep a Championship clean sheet this term. Incidentally, the R’s are the only team in the division not to record a shutout as of yet.

With 6 foot 4 Dieng set to return shortly after the turn of the year, the shot-stopper should really fancy his chances of making an impact back at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, given his own form and the underwhelming efforts of both Lumley and Kelly.

Article title: QPR: Seny Dieng must fancy his chances of first-team action upon his January return

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