Queens Park Rangers have struggled to ensure consistency in recent times, which can be put down to a lack of potency up top and a drop in quality at the back.
The London club will be desperate to bring in at least a couple of players this month after witnessing Nakhi Wells, Geoff Cameron and Toni Leistner’s influence so far this season.
Although, the Hoops are currently under an enforced transfer embargo as part of the punishment for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations at Loftus Road.
The second condition to making a signing would be that the incoming player would not be paid more £11,500 per week, or be paid a salary of more than 75% of the player which he’s replacing. That would be on a one-in-one-out basis, with the club permitted, also, to make free transfers.
But, with their promotion hopes still very much alive, perhaps McClaren can get the most out of a couple of potential January loan signings during the second half of the season.
One player who has struggled to enjoy regular minutes in the Premier League is Eddie Nketiah. The youngster has been in fine form in the current campaign at youth level, scoring six goals in seven appearances, but he has only managed to appear five times in the first-team ranks at Arsenal, despite being one their hottest prospects.
Nketiah causes all sorts of problems with his pace and dribbling ability and he’s a natural goalscorer, so he could definitely produce the goals required to secure QPR a play-off spot.
Another player who the Hoops should take a look at is Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu. He has made all the right moves since joining Chelsea but first-team appearances just haven’t come around as often as he would like, which opens the door for a loan move this month to try and force his way into the reckoning for next season.
The Wales international has all the ingredients to become a future star in the Premier League and has already displayed his talents during first-team appearances at Stamford Bridge.
QPR are currently lacking options at the heart of the defence and the likes of Joel Lynch and Toni Leistner are very one-dimensional, so bringing in a ball-playing defender like Ampadu would aid their promotion push massively.
It’s unknown as to how much either player earns exactly at this moment in time, but a loan move could be something that excites both youngsters at this stage in their careers, with a potential pay-cut being taken for just 6 months.
Queens Park Rangers fans – thoughts on potentially securing these two loan signings?
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