The MLS striker who QPR should look to in relegation battle

Loftus Road

With MLS star Dom Dwyer open to a loan move to England this month, Queens Park Rangers should consider bringing in the Sporting Kansas City striker.

Queens Park Rangers might have missed out on a move for now-Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe this month, but there’s another front man from MLS who could help their scoring problems.

Sporting Kansas City forward and fellow Englishman Dom Dwyer made global news in the summer for his goal celebration selfie, but in the US it’s his scoring exploits which have created headlines.

One of the league’s deadliest marksmen, the MLS All-Star netted 22 times in 33 regular-season appearances in 2014 and, while his impressive form earned him a new deal in December, he has made it known that he’d be open to a loan move across the Atlantic for the coming months.

Speaking to the Caught Offside podcast last week, the former Norwich trainee said: “That’s actually what we’re trying to figure out right now. We’ve got all of January to figure that out.

“That’s why I’m staying extra fit [during the offseason] and making sure I’m prepared for anything that comes up.

“There’s been a bit of interest and obviously it would be exciting for me to have a few months on loan.

“Obviously I don’t want to miss much of the MLS season so a couple of months is a plan, but if nothing works out then I’ll be ready for preseason.”

Aged 24, Dwyer starred at the college level after arriving in the States in 2009, before becoming Sporting KC’s first-round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft at 16th overall.

His start to life in the US top-flight was somewhat slow but, after hitting an impressive 22 goals in just 17 games during a four-month loan spell at then-USL Pro side Orlando City in 2013, he returned to Sporting Park to soon morph into one of league’s top strikers.

Going on to prove a crucial part of the club’s postseason run to the MLS Cup title that season, the West Sussex-native then trained with Charlton Athletic last winter ahead of a proposed loan move which failed to materialise, while Sky Sports also reported in August that Brentford were keen on his signature.

However, he could no doubt hold his own at a higher level and, with QPR manager Harry Redknapp struggling to find the resources to bring in help up top for the second half of the season, a short-term deal for the KC-based star would seem like an ideal solution.

"I spoke to Tony [Fernandes] on Friday: We are looking for a loan, we need a striker,” Redknapp told Sky Sports News HQ this week. “I've got Bobby [Zamora] and I've got Charlie [Austin], I've only got two strikers.

"Bobby can't last 90 minutes, he's fantastic Bobby Zamora, without Bobby none of us would probably be here now.

"What he did last year was incredible for the club, and he's a legend for the rest of his life isn't he here.

"But I need another striker; I need another front man really."

Comfortable through the middle or out wide, Dwyer is a confident finisher, blessed with a combination of pace, skill, strength and outstanding work rate, and also impressive in the air for someone who stands just 5ft 9in.

With Charlie Austin still the main man at Loftus Road, he could serve as a suitable strike-partner for the in-form Premier League ace, or prove a dangerous presence when coming off the bench for the final stages of a match.

Dwyer’s name might not be on the same level as Defoe to most English football fans, but his form over the past 18 months suggests he could make an even greater impact at QPR than his compatriot would have.

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