Tamas could be danger for Rangers - Roy

TAMAS Priskin could end up scoring a flurry of goals for QPR this season.

Carl Marston

TAMAS Priskin could end up scoring a flurry of goals for QPR this season.

And if he does, it wouldn't surprise Ipswich Town boss Roy Keane, the man who finally decided to loan out the Hungarian striker on transfer deadline day.

Priskin never found his goal-scoring touch during his first six months at Town, yet Keane reckons he could rediscover the knack in west London.


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“I hope Tamas gets a run of games and scores a few goals, to help with his confidence a little bit,” said Keane.

“It wouldn't surprise me if he goes and scores some goals. Sometimes a striker just needs a change of scenery, and we wish him well with that.”

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Only last Friday, in his pre-Preston game press conference, Keane was insisting that Priskin was “going nowhere” ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.

The ex-Watford target man ended up starting at Deepdale, but missed one great chance and had a goal disallowed for offside in the 2-0 defeat.

Just 24 hours later and Keane had changed his mind. He explained his reasoning yesterday.

“We decided to let Priskin go last Sunday evening when we knew there was an option for him to go to QPR,” continued Keane.

“It's ironic that last Saturday I was talking to him and I really had no intention of letting him go, but then I had the chance of getting the two boys in (Daryl Murphy and David Healy). I have to try and balance the books as well, in terms of as a manager and the finances.

“But having said that, and speaking to you last week, I still think the boy's a talented player. He perhaps just needs a change of scenery.

“It was a tough decision to let him go.

“We might need him, and we can't recall him from (transfer) window to window, but they were the deals on the table,” added Keane.

Defender Alex Bruce also left Portman Road to join Leicester City on loan for the rest of the campaign. Like with Priskin, Town will not be able to recall Bruce before the end of the season.

But Keane still believes that both Priskin and Bruce have a future with Town.

“Alex (Bruce) is still learning his trade and will hopefully come back a better player,” insisted Keane.

“Both have one or two years left on their contract.

“But I don't want to be holding onto seven or eight players in the background. They have to go out and get some games.”

Priskin is set to make his QPR debut at basement dwellers Peterborough United tomorrow, where he expects to lead the front-line, while Bruce is set to feature for Leicester at Blackpool.

Meanwhile, Keane is still hoping to sign another player or two next week, especially a left-back.

“We're still hoping to get one or two in, but it's been quite frustrating the last few weeks because you speak to managers and we made a lot of enquiries about players," said Town's boss.

“The feedback we had was that there were no deals to be had, and that these players were going nowhere, and yet a few days later these same players end up signing for other clubs!

“That can be frustrating, but luckily for me I'm Irish and I've got a good memory,” added Keane wryly.

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