NEW QPR signing Josh Scowen was born in Enfield and began his career at Wycombe Wanderers before joining Barnsley in 2015 – but what else is there to know about our first summer signing?
It’s fair to say that the Barnsley faithful were impressed with Scowen’s performances last season. The midfielder finished as runner-up in their Player of the Year award to Marc Roberts and won their January Player of the Month accolade. Here’s hoping he can continue to gain plenty of plaudits during his time at Loftus Road!
When Scowen turns up at Harlington for the first day of pre-season later this month, he won’t be a complete stranger to everyone in the dressing room. Scowen and R’s goalkeeper Matt Ingram were team-mates together under the guidance of former R’s favourite Gareth Ainsworth at Wycombe Wanderers. Between 2012 and 2015, the pair featured 68 times for the Chairboys.
A lion or a rat?
When manager Danny Wilson signed Josh Scowen for Barnsley, he said: “Looking at him, he's got the heart of a lion – that's what we need and what we want.” Scowen himself thinks he’s more like a rat, adding: “I’m a little rat to be honest, that’s me. I will run around and give 100% and make that big tackle that might get the fans going."
In the last five campaigns, Scowen has averaged over 40 games per season for Wycombe and Barnsley, making him one the most regularly picked players in league football. Having stayed injury-free, he’s been an automatic first-choice pick for all the manager's he’s played under.
15 goals & counting …
Despite being utilised predominantly as a holding midfielder, Scowen has chipped in with a few goals during his time with Wycombe and Barnsley. His first strike for the Chairboys was a winner against Torquay and his last for Barnsley came against Cardiff in a 4-3 victory. He also netted a 90th minute winner against QPR at the beginning of last season. He has 15 professional goals to his name.