Transfer window misdemeanours have been the downfall of QPR in recent seasons, but the summer of 2015/16 will be one they can look back on fondly.
The R’s recruitment team are deserving of some rare praise after getting 18 players through the door without splurging obscene amounts of cash, but those who managed to keep hold of both Charlie Austin AND Matt Phillips warrant special commendation.
As a result of retaining this coveted pair, the Super Hoops have been slashed for Championship promotion this season.
Prior to deadline day, Chris Ramsey’s side could be backed at 4/1 to return to the Premier League at the earliest possible opportunity.
Once the 6pm bell tolled, they whittled down into 7/2 to go up, while their odds to claim the title shrivelled from 12/1 into 10/1.
After Austin fired 18 goals in the Premier League last term, few envisaged him hanging around Loftus Road too long once they slipped out of the top tier, but suitors weren’t willing to meet the R’s £15m valuation of their frontman, especially with his contract set to expire in less than a year.
There‘s sure to be ample interested parties next summer when he’s available for nothing and another goal-laden campaign in the Championship won’t do his prospects of landing a big move any harm.
Austin’s chances of achieving his net-bulging objective have been immeasurably enhanced by the fact he’ll have Phillips providing him with the ammunition until January at least.
The former Blackpool man was one of the most prolific assisters in the Premier League last term, whose seven post-Christmas assists saw him ranked alongside Europe’s finest conjurers up until the start of the current campaign.
Having set up two goals and scored as many, the Scotland international is promising to be as invaluable as Austin in QPR’s promotion bid.
Aware of the threat the R’s now pose, bwin bookmaker Glenn Woodage had this to say:
“We were calm about QPR’s promotion chances when it looked like their star men would be sold, but now they’re staying the chances of an immediate Premier League return are much stronger.
“So many times we’ve seen a guaranteed goalscorer and potent supply line compensate for deficiencies in other areas of a team to bring success and the R’s are well endowed in both departments.”