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Doughty and Emmanuel-Thomas may depart QPR, admits Ferdinand

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 September 2016

Les Ferdinand has admitted that both Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Michael Doughty could leave QPR in January

Les Ferdinand has admitted that both Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Michael Doughty could leave QPR in January

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Les Ferdinand has admitted that Michael Doughty and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas could both leave QPR in the January transfer window, should the club receive sufficient offers for their services.

Doughty has been a stand-out performer on loan at Swindon Town so far this season, while Emmanuel-Thomas has also impressed out in League One, scoring five goals in nine appearances to date for Gillingham.

Although Ferdinand has been impressed with the duo’s performances, it hasn’t been something that has surprised the Rs’ director of football considering they are both currently plying their trade in the third tier, and says they have a lot to do if they are to force a way back into Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s plans back in W12.

He told the Times: “The most important thing is to try to have players come through into your first team.

“If they can’t play in your first team, you have a duty to that player to still turn him into a professional footballer.

“He may not be able to play in the Championship, but can he play in League One or League Two? Can he have a career? That’s the question you’re asking.

“Michael’s gone away and he’s done well in League One. Can he progress now and can the manager see enough in him to think he can come back and be better than what we’ve got?

“If not, sometimes you’ve got to let them go and have a career.

“So that’s the situation with Michael, who is doing well. It’s the same with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who has scored five goals already but with all due respect we knew he was capable of doing that in League One.

“Can he (JET) transfer that into the Championship? He hasn’t been able to do that so far for us.

“In January someone might come in and offer some money so we might look at that.”

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