QPR manager Mark Warburton believes former Livingston striker Lyndon Dykes deserves credit for coming through his first season in the English Championship the way he has.

Dykes has faced barren patches and criticism but he’s still managed to hit double figures in goals, earning a goal contribution in eight consecutive QPR matches recently. The striker made the move south in a record-breaking deal for Livingston last summer, English Premier League clubs now linked with Dykes.

Former Livingston forward Dykes has shone for QPR.

Former Livingston forward Dykes has shone for QPR. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Warburton believes it was a shrewd capture that’s clearly made an impact (Daily Mail): “We did the deal very swiftly and moved as soon as we could get it done — I remember sitting there recovering from a knee op when it happened. It was a great bit of business. We knew his potential, what he could bring.

“When you come south, you can have all the ability in the world but struggle to relocate. He hasn’t had that problem at all. He came down with his family. They haven’t gone into London, they have gone out to stay in Windsor, more of a rural location which tells you something about him, too.

“He has all the physical attributes and an eye for a goal but we have done loads of work on his touch. He hasn’t had the benefit of an academy education. So many boys now start from the ages of eight to ten but Lyndon never had that.

“The media turned — your striker hasn’t scored for ten games. Why are you still picking him? Social media, all that stuff. He dealt with it all and is a better person for it. I don’t want to hark on a negative but it’s so important that he came through that barren patch. He has emerged stronger.”

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