QPR star hits out - 'I didn't enjoy my loan there at all'

QPR striker Jay Bothroyd will not be welcome back at Sheffield Wednesday anytime soon.

Sheffield Wednesday are having a tough enough time as it is in the Championship without a former loanee badmouthing them, but that's what happened this week.

Jay Bothroyd of QPR told the BBC: "I didn't enjoy my loan there at all, I was played out of position. They're a League One club that got promoted and their fans need to understand that.

"As much as they have a lot of history and they've had some great players, the bottom line is they've come from League One and they need to consolidate this season."

His words have not been well received by the Owls faithful who have suggested the feeling is mutual, with England one-cap wonder Bothroyd scoring just one goal in 14 appearances for them.

Since Bothroyd departed Sheffield Wednesday, their results have dramatically improved. The club have lost just two of their last 10 games, compared to the seven consecutive defeats they suffered through November and into early December.

Wednesday have also climbed out of the relegation zone, sitting on 43 points in 19th place, four points clear of 22nd placed Peterborough. They even bounced back from two defeats to record a surprise 1-0 victory over play-off chasing Leicester at the weekend.

Bothroyd's time at the club was filled with controversy, after he became embroiled in a row on Twitter with a fan which saw manager Dave Jones brand him 'stupid'.

"The one thing you don't do is go up against the fans," said Jones at the time.

Bothroyd had launched a foul mouthed tirade against a Twitter user who had claimed he was not trying in their defeat to Bolton back in the Autumn.

Since his return to QPR, Bothroyd has been a player reborn, most unlikely after his poor loan spell and QPR signing Loic Remy in the transfer window, but he has netted three times in five games, his best run of form since joining the Loftus Road club.

The way things are working out, deciding not to continue with the loan is the perfect move for both parties.

Yet with QPR still perilously close to relegation despite their recent upturn in form, there may be a twist in this tale if the club are relegated and Wednesday stay up.

Because when QPR travel to Sheffield to visit Hillsborough, Bothroyd's return could be very spicy indeed.

Wednesday fans, what sort of reception could Bothroyd expect?

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