Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink unsure what the future holds for Michael Doughty at QPR
PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 July 2016
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is unsure whether Michael Doughty’s long-term future lies at QPR, but says he remains part of his immediate first-team plans.
Doughty, who has been at Loftus Road since the age of 14, has made real strides in the last year, impressing out on loan at League One side Swindon Town during the second half of last season.
The 23-year-old is prepared to fight for his future in W12, but knows he may have to move on in search of regular first-team football.
The Rs boss told the Times: “He’s part of my plans and he’s playing. He’s getting himself fit, but you never know what’s going to happen in football.
“He’s at an age where he needs to play every week, I understand that. He did very well when he was out on loan last season.
“He’s competing with others for one of the midfield places so it will be hard for him, but he’s right there in contention at the moment.”
Elsewhere, Hasselbaink has insisted that the recent news that summer signing Ariel Borysiuk will be sidelined for up to six weeks through injury, does not mean he will have to sign another midfielder.
He added: “We have got enough midfielders in that sense. We have got one injury in that department and it might be six weeks (Ariel Borysiuk).
“We have other people who can play in that position, we have Karl (Henry), Massimo (Luongo) and Jordan (Cousins).
“We need to get more people match fit, because we are playing six matches in the first month so we have to make the most of the squad we have.
“More important than anything we need to be together and have that unit of 20-25 players who are all there for each other.”