Many Queens Park Rangers fans will be concerned about the future of Lyndon Dykes amid links to Rangers, but Neil Critchley may already have a replacement for the Scotland international in Charlie Kelman.
Recent reports have suggested that Michael Beale is keen to take Dykes with him to Ibrox when the transfer window re-opens next month, which would leave the Hoops extremely low on attacking options in the second half of the campaign.
The former Livingston forward is currently joint-top of QPR’s goalscoring charts alongside Chris Willock and while the Hoops currently sit sixth in the Championship, there is no doubt that finding the back of the net has been a problem for the west London side in the current campaign.
QPR have averaged just 1.12 goals per game in the second tier this season, which is the 12th-best of any side, which suggests that unless things improve in the attacking third, their current position is not particularly sustainable.
Losing Dykes would only make things worse for Critchley as he looks to keep his new side in the promotion hunt, and he might consider recalling Kelman, who is currently impressing with League Two leaders Leyton Orient.
The 21-year-old has hit four goals and two assists in just 19 league appearances for Richie Wellens’ side so far this campaign, averaging a solid 6.72 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Since signing from Southend United in 2020, Kelman has been limited to just 15 first-team appearances for the Hoops but regular football on loan in the fourth tier might just be exactly what he needs to kick-start his career with QPR.
Former Hoops boss Mark Warburton was full of praise for the American forward in 2020, saying:
“Eighteen [years old], 30 appearances for Southend already, he’s a goalscorer. I’ve been very impressed by Charlie in terms of his approach, his technical ability, he’s just got an eye for goal in training. He’s been very impressive for the first team.”
Although Kelman is yet to replicate the form he showed when first breaking into Southend’s first team, he is still young and there is no reason why he can’t reach his obvious potential with QPR in the future.
If Dykes is to leave in January, then Critchley might consider recalling the 21-year-old in order to give him another chance to impress in the Championship.