June 15, 2021

Get him gone: Warburton must ruthlessly axe "massive" £4k-p/w QPR dud this summer – opinion

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Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Liam Kelly is attracting interest ahead of the summer...

Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Liam Kelly is attracting interest ahead of the summer transfer window.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a report by The Daily Record, who claim that Graham Alexander is desperate to bring the shot-stopper back to Motherwell – where Kelly has spent the second half of the season on loan – in the upcoming transfer window.

When asked about the possibility of signing the 25-year-old on a permanent basis, Alexander said: “We have spoken to QPR but it is early stages. They want to assess their squad, so there is no conclusion. They know of our interest and Liam’s ambition to come back here and play.

“He has enjoyed his time here but he is their player and has two years on his deal. There are a few hurdles to overcome from all sides before we can get that done but fingers crossed. He has had a massive impact since he has come in and he is a top player we want to keep as he will make us better.”

Warburton must sell

Since arriving at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium from Livingston in what was a £54k deal back in 2019, Kelly has so far gone on to make 22 appearances for QPR, over which the ‘keeper has conceded 35 goals and has kept three clean sheets.

However, after losing his starting spot to Joe Lumley towards the back end of the club’s 2019/20 campaign, the £360k-rated man did not make a single appearance in Championship this season, prior to being loaned out to Motherwell in January.

And, with the emergence of Seny Dieng as Warburton’s first-choice shot-stopper, with the 26-year-old highly impressing over his 42 Championship appearances this term – keeping 11 clean sheets and averaging a SofaScore match rating of 6.96 – in addition to the fact that Lumley appears a more than able back up – with the Englishman averaging a SofaScore match rating of 7.04 over his five league appearances – it would appear that there is not much need to keep the £4k-per-week Kelly on the club’s books.

As such, while there is interest in the Scotland international, it would seem highly advisable for Warburton to cash in on the ‘keeper, for the good of his career as well as QPR’s finances.

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