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Why QPR have been shrewd operators in the transfer market after making additions from Barnsley, Middlesbrough and Brighton

Phil Spencer has his say on a productive summer for the Hoops' recruitment team.

It's been a summer of steady progress at Loftus Road.

All fans knew that the days of making wholesale changes in the transfer market were a thing of the past, and that it was in everyone's best interests to prioritise gradual improvement over the quick fix which has appeared more common in recent years.

However pressure was still mounting in the stands for the club to be more bold in their recruitment, as a number of supposed transfer targets appeared to slip by the wayside.

But all credit has to go to the club for remaining calm and sticking to the plan.

Those behind the scenes would have been first to admit that they'd have preferred to have done their business early, but the patience they displayed showed real confidence in their transfer strategy as they looked to use their extensive scouting network to find the correct profile of player.

The signing of Josh Scowen was a real coup, as a midfielder approaching his prime with Championship experience is near-impossible to find on a free transfer.

Signing Alex Baptiste and and Kazenga Lua Lua were particularly low-risk signings, while the additions of Paul Smyth, David Wheeler and Bright Osayi-Samuel could represent real value for money in the coming years, as not only should these talents develop during their time at Loftus Road, but because of their age there is a real sell-on potential, which in today's market is becoming more and more important when clubs are conducting their transfer business.

The summer may not have provided the same levels of euphoria as previous years, but what it does do is ensure that QPR are looking forward once again, as the club start to build towards a new era.

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