August 19, 2022

QPR open to offload Bonne

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Queens Park Rangers are open to offload Zimbabwean striker, Macauley Bonne, if any offer comes before the closing of the transfer window.

Bonne was left out of the squad that suffered a 0-1 defeat to Blackpool on Tuesday.

QPR boss Mick Beale said youngster Sinclair Armstrong was more deserving of a place than the prospective Warriors striker.

Beale opted not to include Bonne on the bench for the 1-0 defeat, instead naming three defenders in Osman Kakay, Niko Hamalainen and Conor Masterson, as well as Olamide Shodipo, Albert Adomah and Armstrong as his attacking options, along with goalkeeper Joe Walsh.

And Beale says Armstrong’s performances have placed him above Bonne in the pecking order.

“Macauley was just not selected,” Beale said.

“I think the impact of Sinclair means when you’re looking at your bench, obviously you’re allowed seven and one’s a goalkeeper, maybe two to cover defensive positions, two for midfield and two up the park.

“I chose to go with young Sinclair over him. Macauley’s had a really good pre-season, we have a really good relationship, everything’s clear and out in the open with Macauley and where he stands in the squad.

“I just feel at the moment that Sinclair earnt the right, and certainly with his impact at the weekend. I thought it was the right decision and I think we saw that with his performance.”

Asked about the possibility of the 26-year-old leaving the club this summer, Beale said:

“I think if the right offer comes along for any of our players in this window they could move. That’s the situation we’re in as a club.

“It comes down to whether Macauley is going to be happy. In a few weeks everybody is going to be fit, hopefully, and there’s going to be a lot of competition for places.

“I think in the next two weeks there might be one or two players knocking on the door.”

Bonne spent last season on loan at his boyhood club Ipswich Town and has been vocal about his desire to return there.

Bonne joined QPR in 2020 but struggled in his debut season with the club, scoring just four times in all competitions.

The striker scored 11 times on loan at Ipswich last season, and subsequently told the East Anglian Daily Times that he would like to return to the club because he felt he had “unfinished business”. – West London Sport/ZTN Correspondent


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