MICK Beale says that Luke Amos, Tyler Roberts and Chris Willock could all be involved for QPR on Saturday for our first home league game of the new campaign.
Middlesbrough are our visitors to Loftus Road, with the R’s looking to bounce back from last weekend’s season-opening defeat at Blackburn Rovers.
Watch our pre-match interview with Mick or read the best bits from his Thursday press conference below…
“Given the players we had out, I think there is 50 percent more still to come from us. We’re certainly not downbeat and also realistic about where we are.
“What I envisaged being a problem was a reality, they were no more dominant than us. Ossie Kakay so nearly put one in the top corner – and Lewis Travis has never scored a better goal for them.
“It was a harsh result but we can’t moan.
“We’ve a nice foundation and when we add the attacking players we had out on top of that, I expect things to happen.”
“Both Chris Willock and Tyler Roberts trained today (Thursday), and trained very well.
“Chris is ready to go – only a sickness bug robbed him of getting maybe 30 minutes last week. But we’re also mindful that any minutes on Saturday will be the first since his hamstring injury.
“We have to continue to be sensible with him – but he’ll boost the crowd and Middlesbrough will be well aware of him. His absence would be costly to any team in the league.
“Tyler has also been working hard. If he’s not involved on Saturday, he definitely will be at Charlton.
“Luke Amos – who played for the B Team last weekend and is looking strong – and Taylor Richards will also give us added attacking impetus. Taylor’s not really had a pre-season and we’ve got to bring him on as fast as his bodies allows.
“We want to see all of these boys play together so we can see where we’re at, but he’s another hugely-exciting player.”
“They have a top manager in Chris Wilder who likes his teams to be on the front foot and aggressive.
“It will be a tough game. On Saturday we’ll know where we’re at and where we need to get to, because I expect Middlesbrough to be in the play-off chase at least. They’ve got a very good team – a team of men.
“We’re really looking forward to it – it’s important that we play on the front foot and entertain the crowd against a team who will meet us on the halfway line. This will be a good game.”
Any more incomings?
“We’re looking at the right-back position to add to Ossie.
“Financial fair play means that what we can do and what we would like to do are two different things. We can’t put the club in jeopardy and I can’t make any guarantees as the team might be as it is now all season.
“Every manager wants more players, but we must stay inside the profit and sustainability rules. I’m not trying to dampen it, it’s the reality behind it.
“I want everyone to get behind the players we have. We haven’t lost any of our key players over the summer.”