Queens Park Rangers supporters have not had much to cheer about this season, in fact for quite some time. However, Marti Cifuentes, their new Spanish manager, feels confident that once their Scottish international striker starts to find the net again, a corner will start to be navigated.
Lyndon Dykes has only scored one goal this campaign and is on a barren run of nine without scoring. His new boss, appointed after the London side removed Gareth Ainsworth last month, is certain that the marksman will end his drought soon and has been impressed with his contribution in the first three games he has been in charge.
The value of a goal for any striker to boost confidence cannot be understated, and Dykes is the kind of player that will work the hard miles to gain an end result.
Reported in the South London Press, the Spaniard said. “Many times we rate strikers just on how many goals they score, but I try to look at it in a deeper way.
“He [Dykes] has been working well and trying to help the team in all of the different areas that we ask him.
“We have been speaking about how we can get more from him. I think he is very committed to it. We need to create more chances for him. My main job in that sense is to create situations where he can finish the actions.
“I’m sure he can score at any minute.”
QPR suffered another loss at the weekend, a match in which Dykes came off early, but is expected to be fit for the visit of Stoke City as they look to secure a first win since early September.
Lyndon Dykes has not been a prolific scorer in his career but looks to have settled in London and is a firm favourite. His run of games without a goal is a concern for a team that is struggling at the wrong end of the Championship table, but his quality and effort are there, making his new gaffer optimistic. Dykes is also part of Scotland’s plans for next summer’s European Championships in Germany, so he will want to prove worthy of his squad place.