Mark Warburton is confident Seny Dieng has “all the attributes to go to the very highest level” after Leeds United and Arsenal were linked with the Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper, speaking to West London Sport.
Not so long ago, there were genuine concerns among QPR fans that an error-prone defence would catapult them into a relegation battle.
But with Dieng producing stand-out performances every few days between the sticks, any lingering fears of a survival scrap appear to have been dispelled.
The cat-like 26-year-old is arguably the Championship’s most impressive shot-stopper at the moment, his outstanding form catching the eye of Arsenal, Leeds and Crystal Palace (Mirror, 3rd January).
And QPR boss Warburton isn’t surprised to see the former Doncaster Rovers loanee emerge as a target for a number of Premier League clubs.
“Seny is a very confident guy – not arrogant but confident. You can see in his distribution, his shot stopping that he is an outstanding goalkeeper. He is still young and his best years are ahead of him,” Warburton explains.
“You saw against Preston (in the recent 0-0 draw), the way he came for balls he was very confident, showed good handling and there’s no doubt that is reassuring for the defensive side of the team.
“When you hear ‘Seny’s ball’, you know he is going to collect it and that is very comforting.”
Interestingly, Warburton also suggests QPR are already preparing for life without the Swiss stopper.
“There is no doubt Seny has all the attributes to go to the very highest level. That is not said loosely, because that position is so important, but he has so many qualities,” the former Nottingham Forest and Brentford boss adds.
“We have Dillon Barnes also out on loan at the moment and he is a talented goalkeeper. We also signed young Joe Walsh, who is only 18, from Gillingham (in the January transfer window).
“You have to have a succession line going through.”