Championship

Profit Players: Alex McCarthy

Profit Players: Alex McCarthy

Queens Park Rangers supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side pick up a third successive Championship victory last time out.

Steve McClaren’s men went into clash with Aston Villa having beaten Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday in their previous two league encounters, and thus seeking three straight wins for the first time this season. And they did just that courtesy of Pawel Wszolek’s effort seven minutes before half time to thus seal a 1-0 victory for the London club, a result which moved them up to tenth place in the Championship table.

As such, there have been many thrilled Hoops fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for even more improvement from their side as the season wears on, given they were reasonably active late on in the summer transfer window.

And in luring the likes of Tomer Hemed and Nakhi Wells to Loftus Road, the club’s hierarchy were widely praised for the business they conducted, yet several QPR fans in the last few years may be rueing what might have been given they sold goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to Crystal Palace back in 2015 for £4.41 million (as per Transfermarkt).

And while they made a £990,000 profit on the Englishman, having signed him from Reading a year earlier for £3.42 million (as per Transfermarkt), seeing what he has become in the Premier League at Southampton may have left QPR rueing what might have been.

Ultimately, McCarthy made the move to Loftus Road back in 2014 following their promotion to the Premier League, only to find himself behind Robert Green for the entirely of the campaign in earning just three league appearances over the course of the season, in which time he shipped nine goals.

As such, it perhaps wasn’t too great a surprise that the Englishman left the club at the end of that campaign, what with QPR relegated from the top-flight and the goalkeeper struggling for game time, and he has since taken it to the next level at stints at Palace and now Southampton.

Like at QPR, the 28-year-old found game time hard to come by at Selhurst Park in appearing just seven times in the Premier League during the 2015/16 season, and things looked set to be heading the same way the campaign after at Southampton such was the fine form of Fraser Forster.

However, his testing run of form opened the door for McCarthy to stake a claim for the number one jersey back in December of last year, and he has since failed to relinquish the gloves in playing a huge part in helping keep Mark Hughes’ Saints in the Premier League at the rear end of last season.

And with four clean sheets in ten Premier League games this time round, the 28-year-old continues to go from strength to strength, to the point that he was called up by manager Gareth Southgate for the England squad for matches against Spain and Switzerland back in August.

As such, it’s clear that McCarthy’s career has advanced greatly since leaving QPR little over three years ago, which makes one wonder just how invaluable he could have been to the London club had he remained there beyond the summer deadline of 2015.

And while the club made a healthy profit on the goalkeeper, his exit may well have left them rueing what might have been.

QPR fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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