Furlong’s on the radar
WYCOMBE Wanderers are keeping a move for QPR’s exciting youngster Darnell Furlong under wraps until the loan market reopens next month.
We have learned the Rangers defender (pictured), son of Hoops legend Paul Furlong, who is now an Rs academy coach, is on a list of future targets for the Chairboys.
Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth has little room for manoeuvre in January’s transfer window after signing midfielder Marcus Bean on an 18-month contract, while taking youngster Courtney Senior on loan from Brentford.
However, the manager has also lost Gary Doherty to retirement along with the departures of Anthony Stewart and Stuart Lewis.
Right now, Wycombe have a solid unit keeping them top of League Two.
But when injuries and suspensions threaten a tilt at the title, the manager will augment a tiny squad courtesy of the old pals act at his old club – and one conveniently down the road from Adams Park.
Meanwhile, Ainsworth expects no more departures as he gears up for a first away day in three weeks at Bury on Saturday.
Wanderers are almost certain to be without the services of striker Paul Hayes with a calf injury, and although Max Kretzschmar will likewise be sidelined for the trip to Gigg Lane, the manager has no intention of letting the midfielder out on loan despite the arrival of Bean.
Kretzschmar made only one appearance in December, and that in the 1-0 FA Cup defeat to AFC Wimbledon, but his boss reckons the 21-year-old is staying put.
Ainsworth said: “He’s been injured with a thigh problem, but loaning him out? We’ve got a small enough squad as it is.
“He’s a cracking player and although we’ve got a bit stronger in the midfield areas, he’s still got a big part to play.
“I just don’t see Max as a midfielder, but as a forward who could play wide at the front. He’s definitely in my plans and I wouldn’t have given him a two-and-a-half year contract last year if I didn’t think that. He’s just got to be patient and wait his turn.”
However Doherty’s replacement is more urgent.
“It’s difficult right now for anyone to come in knowing they would be cover because my centre halves are doing so well,” Ainsworth said.
“We have lists of players and contingency plans, and there are carrots to coming here, but negatives also when players sit on the bench.
“The big transfer window for Wycombe Wanderers will be the end of March, not the end of January. When March comes I’ve got to make sure I’ve got the right squad to take me through to the end of the season.”