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QPR boss lining up double loan deal

QPR boss Mark Warburton is lining up loan deals for Conor Masterson and Olamide Shodipo.

Masterson, 21, made his senior debut in the recent FA Cup win against Swansea at Loftus Road, where Shodipo came on as a substitute.

Warburton is now looking to arrange for centre-back Masterson to get more first-team experience out on loan during the second half of the season, West London Sport reports.

Warburton said: “Our job is to develop the young players. Do you develop by sitting on the bench here, hoping to get five minutes when you’ve got Grant Hall back, Yoann Barbet back, Toni Leistner back? Or do you go out and play 15 games?

“That’s a decision we have to make. Ilias Chair went out to Stevenage last year and people were screaming ‘Why isn’t he at QPR?’

“He (Chair) has developed, played a lot of football, come back and you’re seeing the consequences.

“Players have to be developed and you develop by playing the game. You don’t develop on the training pitch.
“There’s a very good chance Conor will go out on loan if the right opportunity comes along.

“If not, I’ve got no problem using Conor. If they’re in your squad, trust them. If you don’t trust them then don’t put them in your squad.”

Shodipo is fit again after a series of injury problems and is looking to re-establish himself.

The winger’s outing against Swansea was his first appearance since the opening day of the season.

“He’s another player that needs to go and play,” Warburton said.

“You can stick them on the bench and say ‘It’s great to see them on the bench’. Go and play 15 games or 18 games.

“Go and terrorise a (lower) level, come back with rave reviews as Ilias did from Stevenage, have 10 clubs phone in the summer wanting to take you on loan.

“It’s a challenge for these boys to go out. The best players go out and they learn from it.

“David Beckham went to Preston. They have to go through that. Once they’ve done it it really toughens them up and prepares them for Championship football.”

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