On paper, QPR boss Chris Ramsey has an excellent Championship level squad. The likes of Matt Phillips, Charlie Austin, Sandro and Junior Hoilett provide real quality for a side chasing promotion back into the Premier League.
However, after a few years of chaos surrounding the Loftus Road outfit – the rebuild was never likely to be easy. The key to any R’s revival is to maintain the stability put in place so far this year.
That being said, some key flair players are what is needed in West London. The loan market is there to be dipped in to, to help aid a promotion push. Though Charlie Austin will no doubt continue to plunder goals while at the club, his ever dwindling contract makes it hard to plan a notoriously gruelling Championship season around the hitman.
Should Ramsey wish to take a gamble on a few loans, here are six that could see his side shoot up the league…
The Frenchman is unable to get a game at Newcastle, despite their struggles so far. He can play on the left on attacking three, or in same role as part of a flat midfield four.
His pace is perhaps his greatest asset, able to stretch defences and create space for the likes of Austin to poach.
The former Bordeaux man is likely to tear up England’s second tier, having lost his place in the Newcastle side following the arrival of Florian Thauvin.
Crystal Palace man Dwight Gayle showed his worth with a hat-trick over Charlton in the League Cup. A poacher, he is a pacey alternative to Austin.
Alan Pardew has preferred a floating front three of Yannick Bolasie, Jason Puncheon and Bakary Sakho so far this season, leaving Gayle out of the side. The 25-year old has risen to promise since his early days in the lower leagues, and could add some energy to the R’s front line.
The Irishman battled hard to secure a move away from Stoke City during the closing stages of the transfer window, and could be tempted into a short-term switch.
He would be able to blend the graft and physicality required with match winning talent, able to hip in with vital goals to lighten the load on the centre-forwards.
Manchester United defender Paddy McNair has enjoyed a run in the first team as Louis van Gaal desperately tried to work out his best defence.
Now, the Old Trafford youngster finds himself on the sidelines and could be itching to show the Dutchman what he’s missing. Clearly highly rated, the chance to cut his teeth at a Championship level club could be exactly what he needs.
Well, well, well. Mr. Ravel Morrison. The infamous former Manchester United trainee is now with Serie A giants Lazio. Should QPR be struggling to break teams down, the talented attacker could be a gamble worth taking.
He previously performed well in QPR colours back in in 2014, and if he sorts his head out is surely a player of Premier League standard. That’s a big if of course, but it’s not too late to see the player Sir Alex Ferguson described as ‘the best talent I’ve ever seen.’
The Aston Villa bastion is seeing his club career peter out under Tim Sherwood, despite a recent vote of confidence.
He’s been a mainstay at Villa Park, but an influx of summer arrivals have recently grown to outshine the former England international. His services could be of huge value for a club chasing promotion, and a temporary move away could be best for all parties involved.