Manchester United youngster Ethan Laird has been one of the loan success stories so far this season.
The young right-back joined QPR in August and made an instant impact for the Championship side, quickly establishing himself as a starter.
Entering the break, Laird has made 17 starts for QPR, winning man of the match awards, scoring once, and providing two assists.
QPR are in the promotion race, sitting seventh, and this has brought extra attention. They are set to lose boss Michael Beale.
Manager exit disrupts Laird season
Highly rated manager Michael Beale is being poached by Rangers, where he previously worked as assistant. He was unveiled as their new boss this afternoon.
This plunges Laird’s season into uncertainty, with a successful loan spell disrupted for the second year in a row.
Last season it was Manchester United’s fault, deciding to move him from Swansea City where he played regularly, to Bournemouth, where he did not feature as frequently.
Now there are fresh questions, with Laird set to lose the QPR boss who recruited him, and has selected him as a regular starter.
It’s too early to work out what QPR’s next manager might do, but we have seen previously how a coaching change can negatively impact a loanee’s spell; James Garner at Watford is one instance, and Facundo Pellistri at Alaves another.
It is unlikely Beale attempts to bring Laird to Rangers. Their club captain James Tavernier plays in the same position.
Manchester United will be alert to alternative solutions. There is enough time for clubs to now start enquiring.
But don’t rule out the possibility that United may recall Laird in January too.
Cover is required at right-back and Aaron Wan-Bissaka has not been trusted by Erik ten Hag, and is expected to leave the club in January, The Mirror reports.
Laird featured in pre-season, and will be stronger for his loan spell. Right now all options will be considered.