Tjaronn Chery's imminent departure is a blow for QPR, admits Jake Bidwell
PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 January 2017
Left-back Jake Bidwell admits the imminent departure of Tjaronn Chery is a blow for QPR and one which came as a surprise to the players.
Chery, 28, who has created more chances than any other player in the Championship this season, is close to sealing a lucrative move to Chinese outfit Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng for a fee of around £3.5million, which could rise to £4m.
And while former Brentford skipper Bidwell concedes the Rs will miss the Dutchman’s attacking spark, he says the squad has to move on quickly from his exit.
He told the Times: “Of course it’s a blow. From a footballing point of view it would have been great for us to keep him.
“He’s been our most creative player for the majority of the season, but he’s done what is right for him and his family and no-one should criticise him for that.
“There’s nothing the lads could do to influence that. We were taken aback a bit but we wish him all the best for the future.”
Meanwhile, Bidwell says no specific targets have been set for the remainder of the season, brushing off suggestions that 50 points should be the immediate priority. He added: “We haven’t spoken about that milestone.
“We obviously were on a bad run and that went on longer than everyone would have liked, but we managed to turn that around with back-to-back league wins.
“There’s no end goal at the moment. The games come thick and fast in this league, it’s all about recovery and getting ready for the next one.”
Bidwell is hoping he will be kept on penalty duties after successfuly dispatching his first one in blue and white hoops in the 2-1 FA Cup loss to Blackburn Rovers.
“I took a couple of penalties in the youth side [at Brentford] and I’ve always had a decent record,” said Bidwell.
“I’d been scoring a few in training so I had a word with Jamie [Mackie] and he gave me the nod, so it was great to score and hopefully the gaffer will keep me on them now.”