Queens Park Rangers will not include Macauley Bonne as part of a deal to bring Andre Dozzell to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by West London Sport, who claim that, despite speculation that Bonne could make a move to Ipswich Town in order to sweeten QPR’s offer for Dozzell, Mark Warburton has no intention of parting with the 25-year-old centre-forward this summer.
It is then reported that the 58-year-old wishes to develop the Zimbabwe international over the remainder of his contract with the Rs, despite the fact that QPR recently confirmed the return of Charlie Austin on a permanent basis.
While it is good to have strength in depth across the pitch, the fact that QPR will now have all five of Lyndon Dykes, Charlie Austin, Charlie Kelman, Aramide Oteh and Macauley Bonne capable of operating up front in their squad next season, the argument that it would be a mistake to scupper a chance to sign Dozzell simply to keep hold of Bonne is a relatively easy one to make.
Indeed, over his 34 Championship appearances for the Rs last season, the £1.8m-rated man scored just three goals, registered one assist and created one big chance for his teammates, as well as making an average of 0.3 key passes and hitting the target with 0.4 shots per game.
These returns saw the £3.9k-per-week striker earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.57, ranking him as Warburton’s third-worst performer out of the 28 players to feature in the second tier for QPR last term.
In comparison, over Dozzell’s 43 League One appearances for Ipswich last season, the attacking midfielder provided one assist and created 10 big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.5 interceptions, 1.7 tackles and 1.3 key passes per game.
As such, if QPR do not go on to complete a deal for the player Paul Lambert dubbed “incredible” this summer because of Warburton’s refusal to part with Bonne, it would appear to be a very big mistake on the part of the 58-year-old gaffer.