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QPR TT Round-Up: Hugill suspended for Brentford game, Warburton explains Hall absence & Alfa on target for Billericay

In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved QPR recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.

Hugill out of Brentford game

Jordan Hugill is set to miss Queens Park Rangers’ fixture against local rivals Brentford on Monday evening due to suspension (via qpr.co.uk).

The striker, who is on loan at Loftus Road this season from West Ham, picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the R’s 2-2 draw against Reading on Tuesday night (WhoScored), meaning he must miss one match.

He had previously been cautioned against Swansea City, Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn Rovers and Millwall (Transfermarkt).

Verdict

This is a huge blow for QPR, as Hugill has been a key player for the west London club so far this season.

Indeed he has scored seven goals already in the Championship in just 13 appearances (via Transfermarkt), helping to fire them up to fifth place in the table (BBC Sport).

He has struck up an excellent partnership up front with Nahki Wells, but they will have to do without him against the Bees.

Mark Warburton explains Grant Hall absence

Mark Warburton has revealed that defender Grant Hall must be patient when it comes to winning a place back in the starting 11.

The 27-year-old was a regular at the start of the season, playing every minute of their first seven matches in the Championship (via Transfermarkt).

However he picked up an injury which kept him out for a while, with Toni Leistner and Yoann Barbet playing at centre-back ever since.

Hall is now back and fully fit, but was left out of the squad for their most recent games against Hull City and Reading (Transfermarkt).

Warburton says that he is fair with all his players, and like Leistner before him Hall must now wait for his chance to come back in.

“Grant’s been a model professional, he played every minute for me up until his injury. Toni had to be patient early on and Grant’s being patient now,” Warburton said (via Kilburn Times).

Verdict

Whilst Warburton’s stand is understandable, looking at the stats he may want to consider putting Hall back into the team soon.

In the six games QPR have played without the defender this season they have conceded 12 goals and have failed to keep a single clean sheet (via Transfermarkt).

If they are to maintain their position in the Championship play-off places, then they need to start tightening up defensively as soon as possible.

Ody Alfa scores for Billericay

Young attacker Ody Alfa scored for Billericay in their FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay against Sutton United this week (qpr.co.uk).

The winger is currently on loan at New Lodge from QPR, and was on the scoresheet for the Blues as they beat a Sutton side which plays in a higher division.

The game finished 5-2 to Jamie O’Hara’s side who have now set up a first-round clash against League Two outfit Forest Green Rovers (Echo).

Verdict

It is obviously great news for QPR that one of their young players has produced a strong performance this week.

The 20-year-old recently scored two goals in 12 appearances for QPR’s under-23 side (via qpr.co.uk), but playing and scoring for a club in first-team games will be much more beneficial for his development.

He will now hope to impress against Forest Green in the next round, and possibly catch the eye of manager Mark Warburton.

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QPR TT Round-Up: Hugill suspended for Brentford game, Warburton explains Hall absence & Alfa on target for Billericay
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