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Introducing: QPR’s man to fill in for injured Bidwell, Jack Williams

Introducing: QPR’s man to fill in for injured Bidwell, Jack Williams

QPR manager Steve McClaren has struggled to work out a suitable replacement at left-back so far this season. 

Jake Bidwell has been his preferred choice this term, with no one really putting their hand up to be his deputy.

Finland under-21 defender Niko Hämäläinen was chosen for the League Cup tie against Blackpool, but failed to impress fans and the manager.

But with the news that Bidwell could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after possibly fracturing his collarbone, McClaren will quickly need someone to step up and perform in a position that no one has been able to.

That man is Jack Williams. The 21-year-old is yet to feature for The Hoops’ first team, primarily playing in the under-23s. He spent last season at Wycombe Wanderers, who were promoted to League One. Although he didn’t feature extensively for The Chairboys, it would have been a huge amount of experience for the defender.

Although some managers wait longer to give defenders exposure to first team football, due to the slightly more demanding physical nature of the position, Williams is surely ready. Although it was in a different competition, McClaren still saw it suitable to give Hämäläinen a start, and will have to turn to someone now.

This is not ideal for the manager, but he doesn’t seem to have a deputy left-back, meaning that the next few weeks will be a case of experimentation. QPR travel to second from bottom Ipswich after the international break, and that may be the perfect place to try out the young man.

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