We continue our analysis of the first team with a look at the contenders for the engine room for the side, the central midfield positions.
A player who showed early glimpses that he could be a key player for QPR this season.
By no means the finished article, but showed enough in the second half of last season to put himself in line for a starting position. The Loftus Road fans love a hard-worker, and Manning is definitely that. With regular first team football, Manning may well turn into an integral part of Ian Holloway's system, but the work is far from done.
Hard to make a judgement since his arrival as he hasn't had even nearly a decent enough run in the team to show what he can do. It's painfully clear that he's lacking first team experience after having spent time in Manchester United's reserves, and so that has to be the priority for the 21-year-old next season.
It'd be great to see him given a chance at QPR next term, but if not a regular i feel he needs to be sent on loan for some game time.
A player who hasn't lived up to the hype surrounding him since his arrival. Undoubtedly a good Championship player, but certainly needs to make an impact on a more regular basis next season. A good pre-season is a must i feel.
Luongo has the capability to be one of the best players in the Championship next term. He has all of the attributes needed to be a top midfielder, other than consistency. Could you use the amount of travelling he does to play with Australia as an excuse? Potentially, but if he is to fulfill his potential he is going to need to knuckle down and find a solution to make sure the QPR fans get to see him at his best every week.
Something of a surprise package this season after dropping into a deeper-lying midfield role. He still has to prove he can be a hit in the long run, but his first 16 appearances have shown that he can be a big player for the club next season.
A difficult one. The club are in desperate need of a midfield enforcer to provide stability to the team. As for the players mentioned, a lot rides on whether the players can show their worth on a regular basis. The options at the club are certainly good enough when playing at 100%, but I feel that if a tried and tested central midfielder became available, it could provide the stability the team needs to build a successful side.