The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

THE sign­ing of Conor Wash­ing­ton shows QPR have learned from the blun­ders they made in the past.

A cou­ple of years ago, they would have re­sponded to los­ing Char­lie Austin by go­ing out and blow­ing mil­lions on a big-name striker whose best days had gone.

This time, they’ve tried to be a bit more sub­tle. Of course, there are no guar­an­tees. Conor could end up be­ing worth £10m or he could van­ish into the re­serves. Un­til he’s tested, you don’t know.

But Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink has a great track record with young, lower-league play­ers. And, cru­cially, he played as a striker.

My best sea­son was prob­a­bly at Yeovil un­der Terry Skiver­ton and I’m con­vinced that’s be­cause he was a for­mer cen­tre-half who un­der­stood how to make me bet­ter.

And, when you con­sider QPR have an­other leg­end in Les Fer­di­nand, who could surely lace his boots up for a ses­sion or two, Conor has ev­ery­thing he needs to suc­ceed.

SIGN­ING: Wash­ing­ton

KEEN EYE: Has­sel­baink

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