Report: Four new QPR signings likely to play in Bristol City clash
Mark Warburton could make plenty of changes ahead of Queens Park Rangers’ Carabao Cup clash with Bristol City later this evening, with new faces set to make full debuts at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
According to West London Sport, the likes of Dominic Ball, Liam Kelly and Marc Pugh are all in contention for a starting place, as is returning loanee Nahki Wells, who made an appearance off the bench in the weekend’s draw against Huddersfield Town.
Todd Kane could also be in line for his first start since his move from Chelsea, having also made a brief cameo himself on Saturday afternoon.
Warburton has insisted that QPR have a near-fully fit squad available for tonight’s match – the first of a double-header against Bristol City, with a weekend trip to Ashton Gate on the horizon.
Loanees Jan Mlakar and Matt Smith are thought to be available after missing the Huddersfield draw, with Lee Wallace set to be the only certain absentee despite a return to full training.
The R’s boss has emphasised the importance of instilling a winning mentality prior to this evening’s clash, and has suggested that despite the attention turning away from their positive start to the league season, the prospect of cup progress makes this game just as important.
He told the club website: “Looking ahead to tonight, you can’t talk about developing a winning mentality and then go into a game and say, ‘it doesn’t matter if we win or lose.’
“For me, this is an invaluable game. We want to make sure we use our squad and go in there with a strong team with a focus on winning. It’s as simple as that.
QPR go into the game sitting in fifth place in the Championship table, while Bristol City are yet to win this season.
While this upcoming cup game could threaten to shift the momentum after an unbeaten start to the league campaign, this midweek clash is surely a prime opportunity not only for Warburton to rotate the squad, but to award some of the multiple new arrivals at the club a runout in front of a home crowd.
And with another face-off against the Robins to come this Saturday, tonight could be a perfect chance to grab some pointers and challenge the would-be starters ahead of this weekend’s game.
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