Queens Park Rangers have confirmed Macauley Bonne’s departure from the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a statement posted on the QPR website, in which the club confirmed that the 25-year-old centre-forward would be joining League One side Ipswich Town on a season-long loan deal.
The statement goes on to mention the fact that Bonne only joined Mark Warburton’s side from Charlton Athletic last October, before wishing the Zimbabwe international luck for his temporary spell at Portman Road.
While it is indeed true that Bonne did not quite live up to expectations following his switch to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium last year, the argument can still easily be made that allowing the striker to leave the club, even on a temporary basis, is something of a mistake by Warburton.
As mentioned, despite only actually starting eight Championship games for QPR last season, three goals and one assist over a total of 34 league appearances is not exactly prolific form for a centre-forward, however, the £1.8m-rated man has proven previously that, when trust is placed in him by a manager, he rewards them with impressive returns.
Indeed, over his 33 Championship appearances for Charlton in 2019/20, Bonne scored 11 goals, registered two assists and created three big chances for his teammates, averaging a SofaScore match rating of 6.82.
These metrics are all the more impressive when taking into account the fact the 25-year-old was playing for an Addicks side who spent the vast majority of the season at the wrong end of the second tier table, before eventually suffering relegation to League One.
Furthermore, while Warburton has added Charlie Austin to his attacking arsenal already this summer, the departure of Bonne means that the 58-year-old now only has two senior options as out and out strikers, with the second being Lyndon Dykes.
As such, should either Dykes or Austin pick up an injury, QPR could be left worryingly short of options in attack, something that a number of Rs fans are clearly concerned about, with one taking to Twitter to state their belief that the club are “a little light up top now,” while another simply claimed they think Bonne’s departure is “bizarre.”
So, all in all, while a move back to League One may well help the man Warburton dubbed a “hungry” forward build his confidence before returning to QPR next summer, unless he is planning to bring in further additions up front in the current transfer window, letting Bonne go could well be a decision that comes back to haunt the Rs gaffer.