Queens Park Rangers have agreed a deal to bring Sam McCallum to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer.
In a move that was initially reported by Football Insider on Monday afternoon, QPR have now tied up a deal that will see the Norwich City left-back link up with Mark Warburton’s side on a season-long loan deal, with the 20-year-old becoming the Rs’ sixth signing of the summer transfer window.
Indeed, shortly after the original reports had been published, the club released a statement on their official website unveiling the defender, who claimed that a move to QPR was a “no brainer” because the west London side are a “massive club.”
Warburton also appeared ecstatic with the capture of McCallum, stating: “I am really pleased we have been able to bring Sam in. He showed his undoubted quality in the Championship last season with Coventry.
“He brings real ability and will add competition to the squad which is so important.
“He also understands the wingback role, he has an attacking instinct, great physicality and is aerially very strong as well. Sam is a player who can have an impact in both boxes, and I am looking forward to working with him.”
As the 58-year-old QPR manager suggests, McCallum’s loan spell at Coventry City last season should indeed be a reason for fans to be buzzing about the 20-year-old’s arrival at the club this summer.
Over his 41 Championship appearances for Mark Robins’ side last term, the £3.15m-rated defender made an average of 1.9 interceptions, 2.1 tackles, 1.6 clearances and won a whopping 7.2 duels per game.
The left-back also impressed in an attacking capacity for the Sky Blues, scoring one goal, registering two assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 0.7 key passes per league appearance.
These returns saw the man Jason Farndon claimed has “got the lot” earn a highly impressive seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.92, ranking him as Coventry’s second-best performer in the second tier of English football, playing a key role in helping his side comfortably secure survival in their first season back in the Championship.
As such, with Warburton hoping to build a team in the summer transfer window that is capable of going on to mount a push for a top-six finish next season, the addition of the £4.6k-per-week man certainly appears to be a step in the right direction for QPR, who are quietly putting together what could be a brilliant Championship team ahead of their upcoming campaign.