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There has been a lot of discussion recently at QPR about Mark Warburton’s style of play, and one player who has shown he fits his philosophy is Luke Amos, who is deserving of more game time.
The R’s boss spoke recently about his unwavering belief that playing out from the back is the best method to achieve success, and Amos would enable that to work more than certain other midfielders at the club.
So far this season there has been considerable rotation in the middle, with Warburton seemingly still yet to find a formula which makes QPR commanding on the ball, and resolute in defence off it.
That’s why a five-at-the-back system has been used in recent games with the defensive-minded Dominic Ball often featuring – Geoff Cameron is another who can fulfil that type of role.
Neither player matches Amos’ ability in possession, though, and that means the manager has a dilemma on his hands, and whether he can risk playing the Tottenham loan man given his team’s terrible defensive record.
They have now conceded 30 goals in 16 league games, nine of those coming in the five games Amos has started, but the 22-year-old showed against Middlesbrough, and for much of the season, that there are few weaknesses in his game.
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QPR looked more rigid against Boro and only conceded due to individual mistakes that Amos, who has featured for just 384 minutes in the Championship this term, could do very little about.
While the defensive midfielder is quite limited in an attacking capacity, as per WhoScored, he has proved effective at times, and if he was given a run of games he would have the chance to reach his best level.
So far the only consecutive games he has played came at the beginning of the season, but he has still managed a relatively impressive return of 1.5 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game.
Perhaps more important is his pass accuracy, since that is key to the way Warburton wants to play. His 83% success rate ranks him sixth in the QPR squad, ahead of players like Cameron and Josh Scowen.
As a result, he is deserving of a more regular run in the team, and with his manager’s faith and guidance he could be very helpful in reducing the number of mistakes the R’s produce.