Ryan Dilks and Justin Peach discussed the teams that they believe will finish from 16th to 9th place in the Championship table this season on the latest edition of the Second Tier podcast and spent some time talking about Queens Park Rangers during the show.
After the hosts predicted that QPR will finish in 16th place in the 2020/21 season – three places below their finishing position of the previous campaign – Dilks went on to discuss QPR’s signing of Rob Dickie from Oxford United.
Mark Warburton’s side signed the 24-year-old centre-back at the beginning of this month, securing the defender’s services on a four-year deal, and Dilks was full of praise for this piece of business during the latest edition of the Second Tier podcast.
He said: “Defensively, they might be quite decent this season. The main reason I say that is because they brought in Rob Dickie, who’s a centre-back from Oxford and I think that is a quality signing.
“He was one of the best players in League One last season. It could be an unbelievable bit of business and it could make all the difference for them defensively.”
Are you happy with the signing of Rob Dickie?
According to WhoScored, Dickie earned an overall rating of 7.26/10 from his 34 appearances in League One last season, ranking him as the eighth-highest-rated player in England’s third tier of those to have made more than the average number of appearances in the league.
His impressive performances also earned him a place in WhoScored’s ‘League One Best XI’ for the 2019/20 season.
With that in mind, it may be fair to say that Dickie showed plenty of quality at League One level last season and if he can continue his impressive form in the Championship with QPR this coming term, then we agree with Dilks’ claim that this could be an ‘unbelievable’ bit of business from Warburton’s side.