A youthful QPR side fell to a 3-2 defeat against German Division Four side Lokomotive Leipzig.

Despite a poor first half, the Hoops put in a move improved display in the second half, but this still wasn't enough to avoid defeat.

We take a look at the three main talking points to come from a disappointing afternoon in Germany.


As great as it is to see a clearly talent group of youngsters forcing their way into the first team set-up, the one thing you can't teach high potential talent is match experience.

A young QPR defence struggled to cope with a very average Leipzig side, which does pose the question of how they would cope in a high intensity Championship fixture.

It wasn't much better in the attacking third, until Massimo Luongo was introduced in a more advanced position, and add a real creative threat to Leipzig's defence, who before that had barely broke a sweat.

Strength in depth

I made the point before the game that potentially five or six of today's starting 11 could realistically be in with a chance of breaking into Ian Holloway's starting line-up against Reading, but today's game has once again highlighted some real frailties in certain areas.

Other than the central midfield positions, Holloway's team seem to be particularly lacking in defence and up front.

Do the club have some real high-potential stars coming through the ranks? Yes, they do. Are they ready to play a big role for the club this season? In my opinion, no.

As it stands, the Hoops are one or two injuries away from facing a real selection problem, and as everybody knows, this is now a priority to rectifty.

Returning stars

Among the young team, were several first teamers who showed exactly what they have to offer the first team this season.

Jack Robinson looked energetic on the left side of defence, and may well push Jake Bidwell out of his position by the time the league starts in two weeks.

Sean Goss and Jordan Cousins have had fitness issues, but have both shown glimpses of what they can add to the team when firing on all cylinders.

The return of Australian International Massimo Luongo was huge. I've already mentioned his impact on today's game and he's exactly the sort of player who could be a game-changer if he meets expectations week-in week-out.

Luke Freeman and Pawel Wszolek looked a real threat supporting the attack. Freeman's energy and Wszolek's quality on the ball make them a real handful meaning there is no reason why they cannot provide real competition for places.

The club currently has 15 or 16 players who are ready for the first team, but if the club are to crack on this season that will need to be around 20, with a mixture of new additions and young players proving their worth at this level.