Nine players that could follow Michael Beale from Aston Villa to QPR this summer.
In case you missed last week’s big news, Michael Beale left his post as assistant manager of Aston Villa to take up the role of first team manager at Championship side, QPR.
It left Villa with a huge hole to fill with many calling Beale the ‘brains’ behind it all wherever he has been with Steven Gerrard.
But the club acted swiftly and from losing one assistant to a Championship team, they gained another, from another - bringing in Blackpool head coach Neil Critchley.
They quickly turned a bleak situation into a positive with Critchley even being seen as an upgrade by many.
That’s not to say Beale won’t be missed, though. He was a huge voice on the training ground and a big positive influence on the players.
His relationship with many could even sway some to leave Villa Park this summer for West London.
And whilst we’re not expecting Ollie Watkins or Jacob Ramsey or any real big hitters to leave the club - it’s certainly possible that some of the fringe and younger members of the playing squad could follow Beale to Loftus Road.
BirminghamWorld have picked out nine who we feel are genuine options to make the move.
1. Cameron Archer
Archer spent the second-half of last season on loan with Preston North End and was a huge favourite among their fans. Peter Risdale claimed he would match any offer that comes in for the striker in order to get him back to Deepdale but that doesn’t mean QPR can’t at least try.
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2. Jaden Philogene-Bidace
Had an injury-hit loan spell with Stoke City but when playing he looked more than good enough for the Championship. Injuries may stop the Potters going back in for him and leave the door open for QPR.
3. Jed Steer
With Robin Olsen now signed on a permanent deal, it’s almost certain that Steer will move on. He had a spell with Luton Town after January and was doing well until he picked up an injury that ended his season. QPR aren’t exactly blessed in the keeper department and this one looks very viable.
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4. Kortney Hause
Despite signing a contract extension at Villa Park until 2025 - Hause never really got a look in under Gerrard. The length of contract would probably put off most for a permanent move but a season long loan in the Championship could be an option here.