Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate show (published March 17), Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton has issued an update on how recent events have affected the club’s transfer plans.
Of course, as things stand the Championship campaign is due to resume on April 3 following a break, but this may well be an unrealistic date given what is happening on a global scale right now.
While nothing is decided yet, it could be conceivable that the 2019/20 season resumes at a later date, which could ultimately affect when the usual summer transfer window will be.
Warburton was asked how his plans have been affected on The Debate, and he said (1:01:35): “So you get lists and you look at a number of foreign players for example. Our scouts can’t travel now to go and see them live anyway. So you’re not going to invest money, hard-earned cash, on players you’ve never witnessed, even with all the data you like. These issues, we can’t deal with them right now.”
These are difficult moments for all English clubs, with the uncertainty surrounding everything clearly affecting plans for the future.
As Warburton points out, even if Rangers wanted to scout a player ahead of the summer, firstly the majority of foreign fixtures aren’t even being played right now, and secondly there are far more restrictions on the travel they are able to do.
It makes for a difficult task for someone like QPR, who may have to work in a slightly different way when it comes to adding to their squad whenever the next transfer window will be.
Alternatively, it could be seen as an ideal opportunity for the west London outfit to develop and bring through even more younger players into their starting XI, with the likes of Eberechi Eze, Bright Osayi-Samuel and Ilias Chair all impressing in the Championship this term.