Lyndon Dykes will be a ‘massive loss’ to Livingston as he closes in on a move to Queens Park Rangers, boss Gary Holt told the Daily Record.
While the 24-year-old striker will have big shoes to fill at Loftus Road – he is expected to replace the departed Jordan Hugill after all – it is about time he was offered a chance to prove himself away from the Tony Macaroni Arena.
With 12 goals and ten assists last season, Dykes has proven himself as one of the most effective centre-forwards in Scottish football and QPR might just have pulled off a coup after seeing their £2 million bid accepted.
After all, Mark Warburton’s side have fought off competition from clubs on both sides of the border for a 6ft 2ins Australian who has bullied both Rangers and Celtic in the last 12 months.
“I’m buzzing for the big man – we all are We’ve agreed our end and if the deal gets done there will be no one more pleased than me,” Livi boss Holt says.
“It’s a massive loss for us, of course it is. But one door closes and another one opens.
“I spoke to Lyndon and told him he’ll do well down there if he embraces it like he did here. Don’t go there and think you’ve made it.
“Go and buy in to what they are doing and see if you can improve again. It’s another level but knowing his traits and personality, he’ll thrive on it. There are some centre halves down there who will know they are in a game.”
Holt certainly shares Hugill’s physical approach to the game, although it remains to be seen if the former can match the latter’s tally of 13 Championship goals in his debut season at Loftus Road.
With Eberechi Eze and Bright Osayi-Samuel expected to leave QPR this summer, there is a very real concern about whether QPR will have the requisite creativity to get the best out of their new £2 million number nine.