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Mark Warburton opens up on hopes for QPR loan stars

Queens Park Rangers will look to complete deals to bring a number of their loan stars back to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to the Rs’ manager Mark Warburton, who, speaking to West London Sport, claimed that he would like to bring all four of Charlie Austin, Stefan Johansen, Sam Field and Jordy de Wijs back to the club ahead of next season.

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He said: “With Charlie, Stefan, Jordy and Sam we have been very lucky. They have adapted to our style of play and it suits their games and they have suited us perfectly. That doesn’t often happen. You can get loans where it is difficult and you have young players who can’t adapt, but in this case, it has worked out really well for us.

“They have embraced the way we play. They are footballers who want to get on the ball, be brave and play forward. All these things you hear managers say, they sound like the same old rhetoric, but the fact is that every party benefited.

“Do they enjoy coming to work to play for QPR? I think the answer is yes. I hope very much we can [sign them] but you never know and you always have to have alternatives.”

Fans will be buzzing

Considering just how impressive all four of the players Warburton discusses have been for QPR since arriving at the club in the January transfer window, it is unsurprising to hear that the 58-year-old would like to bring them back to west London once again this summer.

Arguably the most impressive performer of the quartette has been the Hull City defender De Wijs, as, over his nine Championship appearances for the Hoops, the £1.08 million-rated centre-back has made an average of 1.3 interceptions, one tackle and 5.1 clearances per game, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 7.19 – ranking him as the club’s best performer in the second tier.

The £1.8 million-rated Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen has also highly impressed during his short time at the Rs, scoring four goals, providing two assists and making an average of 1.6 key passes over his 21 league appearances, with his average SofaScore match rating of 7.00 ranking him as the club’s sixth-best performer in the Championship.

The West Bromwich Albion duo of the £1.8 million-rated Charlie Austin and the £900,000-rated Sam Field have also been in fine form for the club, with Austin bagging eight goals and providing one assist over his 21 league appearances, averaging a SofaScore match rating of 6.94, while Field has made an average of 1.1 interceptions, 1.4 tackles and 1.3 clearances over his 19 Championship fixtures, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 6.74.

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As such, considering the impact all four have had on QPR’s form since their January arrivals, with Warburton’s side winning 13, drawing two and losing seven of their last 21 fixtures – results that have left them sitting in fourth place in the Championship table over this 21 game period – the fact that Warburton is keen to bring the quartette back to the club this summer is likely to have fans buzzing, as retaining these players would appear highly beneficial in terms of the Rs mounting a promotion push next season.

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