Chris Ramsey would like to boost Queens Park Rangers right back into the Premier League, and keeping Charlie Austin and Matty Phillips sure would help that quest.
Both both players are in demand after strong Premier League campaigns for a bad QPR side. Austin’s been linked with Newcastle and Spurs all summer, while Phillips has been mentioned as a target for West Bromwich Albion.
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After the R’s still-suspect defense put them in a 2-0 at Wolverhampton on Wednesday, Austin nodded home a Phillips pass. Then Phillips scored a pair of his own to give QPR its first win of this spin through the Championship.
Ramsey hopes to keep his lads, and thinks maybe these performances will make the asking price too rich for the Premier League’s blood.
“Matty is a match-winner on his day and he is someone who will always need marking. I’m really hoping we will have him but no-one can tell, people make knee-jerk reactions and spend money they don’t have. I hope that will add another zero.
“I am very pleased with the respect Matt and Charlie have shown the club. They have been very professional in the way they have conducted themselves. Charlie is fitter now than the opening day and his hold-up play has answered a few questions people have.”
If Austin’s goals last season were the gin in QPR’s drink, then Phillips’ service was the tonic. Each would fit on almost any PL club going, and you have to think some desperate team is going to tempt Tony Fernandes’ check book. But if he has instant promotion ambitions, perhaps he can hang onto his best players for a few more months.