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QPR interested in George Cox

Queens Park Rangers are interested in a deal to bring George Cox to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a report by West London Sport, who claim that Mark Warburton’s side are looking to complete a deal to sign the Fortuna Sittard left-back in the summer transfer window.

The report goes on to state that the 58-year-old QPR manager is hoping to add both a left and a right-back to his current options at the club, while Todd Kane being informed he is free to leave the club this summer.

Would Cox be a good signing?

Yes

Yes

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Better than Wallace

Having originally joined Fortuna Sittard from Brighton & Hove Albion on what was originally a season-long loan deal back in the summer of 2019, the Eredivisie side went on to make Cox a permanent signing last year, with the Dutch side paying what now looks to be an extremely cheap £45k transfer fee for the 23-year-old.

Indeed, the left-back impressed over his 21 league appearances in his first season with Sjors Ultee’s side, helping his side keep five clean sheets, as well as making an average of 2.2 interceptions, 1.9 tackles and winning 4.7 duels per game.

These metrics saw the £900k-rated defender earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.73, ranking him as the club’s eighth-best performer in the top division of Dutch football.

However, following his permanent move last summer, Cox very much appears to have taken his game to the next level in the Netherlands, scoring five goals, registering five assists and creating six big chances over his 33 Eredivisie fixtures last season, as well as making an average of 0.9 key passes per game.

The left-back also was extremely solid in defence yet again, helping Fortuna keep three clean sheets, in addition to making an average of 2.4 interceptions, 1.8 tackles and making 2.3 clearances per game, with these returns culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 6.98, ranking him as Ultee’s fourth-best player in the league.

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For comparison, Liam Wallace, QPR’s first-choice left-back last season, scored one goal, registered three assists and created six big chances over his 27 Championship appearances in 2020/21, as well as making an average of 0.7 interceptions, 1.5 tackles and winning 3.7 duels per game.

These metrics saw the 33-year-old earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.87, ranking him as Warburton’s ninth-best performer in the second tier of English football.

So, while Wallace by no means had a bad campaign for the Rs last time out, Cox bettered the defender’s returns in almost every aspect, leading us to believe that the 58-year-old should do everything he can to get a deal over the line for the 23-year-old this summer, as he would very much seem to be yet another promising young player who could end up on the west London side’s books.

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