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Dozzell Closing in On QPR Move
Friday, 11th Jun 2021 10:09

Blues midfielder Andre Dozzell’s move to QPR is nearing completion, TWTD understands.

Back in February we revealed that the West Londoners were eyeing the 22-year-old and on Sunday reported that they are heading the chase for the former England U20 international.

Reports this morning suggesting a deal has been agreed are premature with talks still ongoing but very advanced and it is expected the switch will go through.

We understand the contract Dozzell signed in December included a clause stipulating that if an offer came in at a certain level the club had to accept it. With the former Copleston High School pupil's contract up this summer, the Blues weren't in a strong position when negotiating the deal.

Blackburn and Brentford have both shown interest in Ipswich-born Dozzell but look set to miss out.

Rovers had an offer for Dozzell rejected by the Blues in January 2020 and, as previously reported, former Town skipper and coach Tony Mowbray continued to monitor the former England U20 international during 2020/21.

His assistant Mark Venus’s name was on the scouts list for a Blues away game towards the end of the season.

Dozzell was a regular for Town under both Paul Lambert and Paul Cook last season but along with most of the rest of the squad has been told he can move on this summer.

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DinDjarin added 10:15 - Jun 11
Probably best for everyone. Will probably go on to be a cracking player but needs a fresh start so would wish him all the best.

TrueBlue1996 added 10:16 - Jun 11
All the best to him such a shame it didn’t work out here for him but definitely think there is a decent player in him, probably the best time for us and him for him to leave

Just hope we have a decent sell on clause in the deal

cornishblu added 10:20 - Jun 11
Really unsure about this one much talent yet hasn’t reached the heights /exerted the influence on the pitch we had hoped he would .....and for our history....his Dad was one of the players that got me excited about watching Ipswich .
If he goes I feel we will rue the day but this has to be about now and getting the right players to get us out of this league .....we would need the figure to be a big one .....Ashcroft has said we will push to the limit of spending where we can only spend 60% of revenue on players starting price of £10m would come in handy !,

delias_cheesy_flaps added 10:25 - Jun 11
He's done well living of his dads name IMHO, over-hyped, petulant and spectacularly inconsistent. Hopefully Ashton will sell players for a decent value and not on the cheap like his predecessors!

unknown100 added 10:27 - Jun 11
It’s best for the club and dozzell, there’s no doubt some of these players are going to leave and have good careers, maybe even look back in regret, but a player like dozzell will only get that from moving clubs, he needs a fresh club, manager and motivation to become that player or he probably will just go through the motions and Ipswich.

I will be interested in seeing what fee is commanded for him, you’d imagine they’d want something so that can spend more!

BlueBlood90 added 10:30 - Jun 11
I don’t think he could ask for a better manager to get the best out of him than Mark Warburton. He likes to play a tidy passing game and that should suit Andre down to the ground. Wish him all the best but the right move for all parties.

trncbluearmy added 10:36 - Jun 11
Do feel regret on this one, he really is one of our own both his Dad and Uncle true Ipswich Town legends.
Se the qpr lot are remembering the battle of 85, great night proper 80`s football on and of the pitch!
Probably best for Andre to make a break, perhaps expectations just to high here, at qpr he will get time and distance, he is truly talented, perhaps we will get him back one day.
Good Luck AD

grow_our_own added 10:36 - Jun 11
"Andre will do well elsewhere"..."he needs to move on". I don't get how people can think both these things are true. Why can't good players do well here? He's 21 years old, if he hasn't set the world alight yet here, it's because few players do until they're nearer peak age. Not time to panic and jettison our good young players unless someone offers stupid money. ITFC was built on patience, long-term plans, that's how we've always built great teams - by growing our own.

Billybobblue added 10:39 - Jun 11
I think he will go on to be a good player, but needs to be a stronger player on the ball as felt he was lost in alot of games last year where more physical teams kept him out of the game.
Great eye for a pass, but needs more to his game than that. Our players didnt help him last year and were never going to bring out his best attributes as they lacked either creating the runs or finishing in the final third (due to being to busy passing it between ourselves at the back or in midfield).


Bluefox added 10:44 - Jun 11
A shame that he came through with so many poor players around him (and particularly ahead of him) meaning we have been unable to capitalise on his passing skills and vision. According to the EADT stats at the end of the season we were (surprisingly) the team with the greatest number of through balls per game – a significant number of which will have come from Dozzell. Imagine how it might have been with a couple of sharp forwards ahead of him. However, despite being the youngest regular player in he team he has received so much negativity that it is now inevitable he will leave. I for one fear we may regret how this has worked out. Good luck at QPR Andre

bluearmy78 added 10:50 - Jun 11
I’ve said it before, with good players around him he could shine but for me he just hasn’t kicked on. Last season he was always getting booked or getting sent off, could hardly pick a pass and didn’t score any goals! If we get a decent fee and replace him with Rakeem Harper we’ll have a younger player who has played more games at a higher level than Dozzell, it could turn out to be a win win situation for Town. COYB

BackInBlue86 added 10:55 - Jun 11
last season he had one assist, so the claim that he can 'find a pass' i think is exaggerated. he's also had several managers so far and none can get consistency out of him - that will be the difficulty for him i think.

was never going to push on at ipswich because of the legacy - his dad working at the ground, coming through the academy. he might kick on but it wont happen at ipswich.

Cookycrew added 10:58 - Jun 11
I feel that this is a shame. His is a born & bred Blue, with his best years ahead of him. After a stop & start early career blighted by injury, he was an ever present last season. With better players around him, and with his undoubted skill & vision, he would have had the pass in him to provide many assists.

WalkRules added 11:04 - Jun 11
I feel that this is more a case of astute business. Yes Andre has never really delivered to his potential but the ability to spend 60% of his transfer fee on a a number of strong players is better for the squad as a whole. Yes we may regret selling him (and indeed personally I wish him all the best and hope he does brilliantly) but the chance to grow the overall squad instead is too much to turn down. This is the type of business that Mr Ashton will bring to the club. If we sign another Marcus Stewart etc for the money he will soon be forgiven!

Unhinged_dynamo added 11:07 - Jun 11
He will go on to have a decent career and hopefully we insert a decent sell on clause for the future, as for now I just hope we get a fair price for him as that has let us down over the years

BlueNomad added 11:14 - Jun 11
Cook likes his teams to play with pace and power - neither of which Andre possesses. He will do well playing in a team that has a different style.

BeattiesBackPocket added 11:24 - Jun 11
I’m torn on this one. I think with better players around him he would do far better especially with decent forward players making runs but he has been average at best same as most the others. Personally would’ve liked one more season out of him but how long can we go on about ‘promising youngsters’ he’s had a few years now in and around the first team and really should be standing out in league one but hasn’t he’s no Kieran dyer, wickham or his dad where they came into the first team and made a difference.

GiroJim added 11:24 - Jun 11
Just hasnt got the physical side to his game,too slightly built. His Dad was a big old boy, he could put himself about. Andre hasnt got any of that.

Nobbysnuts added 11:27 - Jun 11
Can they hurry up before they change thier mind.

Norwichbeater added 11:32 - Jun 11
WalkRules I believe that we can spend what we want on transfer fees but are only allowed to spend 60% of our annual turnover (including incoming transfer fees) on wages. Hence why we are probably offloading some under performing high wage players. if i am wrong please someone correct me!

BeattiesBackPocket added 11:35 - Jun 11
Growourown I agree wanting to see our kids come through but tell me when he’s impacted games like Wickham, Dyer, Bent, Scowcroft etc did?? I’d have liked another year to see him with better players and a coach who wants to play football the right way but he should be standing out in this league. Those players I’ve mentioned stood out even in the championship and premier league not many of our kids have gone on to do the same since wickham because as much as we want them to they just haven’t been good enough. Two full seasons in league one and he hasn’t done it. I hope he goes on and does well but Hed be the first one since wickham if he does

hunty21 added 11:36 - Jun 11
He was given more than enough chances last year i guess we relied kn hkm too mich, he is neither a goalscorer or a defensive player remonds me of Ozil jist goi g theough the motions needs to toughen and find his identity, expect to get 2-4 million for him hopefully with a good sell on clause.

GiroJim added 11:43 - Jun 11
hunty21. Dont think we will ever see that return on him. He just aint all that. Just not strong enough.

chepstowblue added 12:14 - Jun 11
I have absolutely no memories of him whatsoever !!

Scuzzer added 12:29 - Jun 11
Not a player suited to League One. Too lightweight. Gets caught on the ball and easily dispossessed. Cant tackle properly which results in him getting yellow cards willy nilly. Awful corners and free kicks. Only thing going for him is an eye for an opposition splitting pass...but we dont have the attacking players that would benefit from them. Best for all that he moves on.

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