The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Chris Bai­ley

QPR could be in for a ma­jor shake-up af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break, ac­cord­ing to di­rec­tor of football Les Fer­di­nand. It fol­lows the club’s medi­ocre start to the sea­son.

In the wake of last Fri­day’s 4-0 thump­ing by Ful­ham, the R’s were rocked by the news that strik­ers Char­lie Austin and Jamie Mackie face an ex­tended pe­riod on the side­lines due to in­jury.

De­spite bring­ing in 15 play­ers over the sum­mer, in a bid to make an in­stant re­turn to the Premier League, QPR have strug­gled so far for con­sis­tency.

Fer­di­nand now ad­mits he is pre­pared to look at the loan mar­ket and has high­lighted Ful­ham’s flir­ta­tion with rel­e­ga­tion last sea­son, a year re­moved from the Premier League, as a rea­son to be con­cerned.

“We brought in new faces,” he said. “There are peo­ple who have had to sit on the side­lines and may now get an op­por­tu­nity to stake a claim.

“Look at Ful­ham. They got rel­e­gated the year be­fore and nearly went down.

“They un­der­stood where they were and we un­der­stand where we are.”

RE­AL­ISM: Les Fer­di­nand

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