It had to end sometime

01/11/2013 08:35

Well it had to come to end at some point didn't it, our first defeat came on Saturday against Burnley which sees them extend their lead at the top of the Championship. Burnley's impressive form continues which saw their eighth consecutive win of the season.

QPR went into the campaign as the only unbeaten team in the league, having made a Championship record with eight consecutive clean sheets prior to the Millwall game and the game on Saturday.

A top of the table clash saw QPR travel to Turf Moor to play Burnley; as I sat at home watching the screen I must admit I could see our first defeat of the season coming, the in form Danny Ings is the Championships top scorer and it was on the cards that he would score; he notched up another two to his tally. Can't really fault him having been left out of the team while Charlie Austin used to be Burnley's main man before his departure to Loftus Road in the summer but after Saturday I can imagine Danny got the last laugh.

After turning to twitter during and throughout the game you would have thought we were a bit like Sheffield Wednesday no wins all season and lying at the foot of the table as people seem to think we 'were not good enough today, and not good enough to go up'. Hang on a moment, we were the only unbeaten team in the league and had just broken a record with the eight clean sheets. Our fans needed to look again at the table.

Admittedly it was frustrating as QPR weren't really at the races from the off, Austin struggled to test the Burnley keeper all day really and trying his best upfront on his own I couldn't really fault him, but again the keyboard bashers were out in force saying Austin isn't good enough.

Austin is easily good enough, if and when we do get promoted, our striker isn't the worry. Charlie Austin is a goal scorer, his work rate is second to none and puts in such a hard shift, it's what he does off the ball which pleases me, the likes of Wayne Rooney and Shane Long may have bad games from time to time but you just have to watch their off the ball play to admire their performances.

I am not going to single out any performances from the Burnley game as there wasn't and isn't much really to talk about. Defensive errors cost us at Millwall but to come away from the Den was a good point in my eyes.

At least we didn't sit down and die at Wigan and in my eyes the Latics keeper should have had an early bath after clearly pulling down Andy Johnson.

Another loss would put us in trouble and morale could have dropped further with the winter months coming thick and fast, and having to play most of the teams in the top half, QPR will look at trying to win their home games and sneak away wins and draws. A tough fixture at home to Derby on Saturday isn't a walk in the park, coming up against the leagues top scorers will be tough so the Rangers back four will have to be on their toes.

Steve Mclaren returns to the club and we would like to thank Steve for his time at QPR but being assistant is never really Steve's forte so we have to respect him, but let's hope he doesn't take the three points on Saturday.


Shaun Bousfield


My thoughts so far by Moisty

06/09/2013 08:35



After last season I didn’t think I could bring myself to write a blog so I took a bit of time out otherwise it would have just been one big rant about overpaid prima donnas and a certain Welshman that rhymes with Mike Hunt, I think you all know who I am talking about. But after a number of them departing sadly only on loan it means the rest of the squad that want to play in the blue and white hoops could get down to business for a challenging Championship campaign.

Some new faces have come in though and Harry seems to be doing the Warnock way by bringing in the bread and butter players that will get the job done and back to the top flight. Gary O' Neil and Karl Henry have been very impressive since signing, both strong in midfield, just what you need in the Championship and with Joey Barton staying, the centre of midfield looks so strong.  On deadline day three more players joined; Benoit Ekotto from Spurs, Thomas Carroll from Spurs and Niko Kranjcar from Dynamo Kiev. All on loan but all have very good experience and the exciting young talent of Thomas Carroll adds another bit of spark to the midfield.

With these additions the formation may have to change in my eyes, with Clint Hill being the club captain and impressing game in and game out, Harry may have to resort to a three at the back, with Ekotto and Simpson playing wingbacks, both quick enough and like to attack. Then three holding midfields Henry, Barton  and a choice of Faurlin/Kranjcar or Carroll and up top Johnson and Austin with Zamora and Hitchcock as backup.

Defence also looks very solid with Dunne joining on a year's contract with a view to signing another year is a massive coup with all his experience the Ireland international adds so much depth to a strong defence with Nedum Onouha being QPR’s best player so far, he hasn’t really put a foot wrong and looks like a rock at the back.


I know it's early days but the recent form we are in looks like we could be possibly returning to the Premier League but the next few games will decide that as you have to try and get a sequence of results together picking up points on the road and making your home ground a fortress.  I just have a very strong feeling about how the squad looks, it looks together, when we score you can see what it means to the squad. If only we had Harry at the start of our Premier League campaign, but we can't talk like that can we, let's concentrate on the now.

This is only a quick blog on my views so far, be sure to see many more..



The season that was and will be

25/05/2013 11:28


Possibly a season to forget if you are a Queens Park Rangers fan? Undoubtedly I can only think of a couple of positives from this season, so I will try to not make this blog all doom and gloom.

The memorable win at Stamford Bridge was a big highlight with an underperformed Shaun Wright Phillips with the goal for the R’s. SWP’s season didn’t really kick off until after this game and it’s a real shame he got injured at the time he did as Rangers needed him for the relegation fight, at least this goal put some keyboard bashers at rest, well for that game anyway. I believe Shaun could be a big part next season with his pace and experience he will be a key player accompanying the right flank if the R’s fail to bring in anyone.

Other highlights for me are seeing the loanee Andros Townsend having impressed since he signed for us in the January transfer window. As each game went on Andros continued to impress. It always seems to be loan players like to impress when on loan at QPR notably Kyle Walker and Adel Taarabt, both again come from Spurs. Kyle Walker has now secured a place in the Tottenham first team and England set up and I can see Andros doing the same. His strong attacking skilful performances left defences ragged notably the Wigan defence where he ran past a total of fourteen players, the most in a Premier League game this season.  With Bale possibly moving into a more central role next season Andros is likely to adapt the left flank, but hopefully AVB and Harry will come to some sort of agreement in getting Townsend on loan next season.  I would like to thank Andros for his time at QPR he has been a joy to watch.

Another highlight and another joy to watch has been Loic Remy, nine times out of ten he buries chances, which Rangers have looked for for a while now and sadly as soon as we get a prolific striker like Remy we get relegated. I know he missed a penalty at Fulham but his finishing in front of goal is brilliant. Any other Premier League clubs will scream for a player like Loic and it is likely he will remain in the Premier League. His wonder goal at Loftus Road was the best goal I have witnessed there having missed Trevor Sinclair’s overhead kick due to getting some food. DOH! Loic’s release cause of reportedly eight million is likely to be matched which leaves QPR with a few options for strikers.

Firstly starting with Andrew Johnson who has missed the season due to injury could be a big part in Rangers goal scoring next season. AJ’s goal ratio has always been good and a player with experience could be Rangers gain, perhaps a year to late but injury’s can’t be helped right? Keeping AJ fit will be a big question. An ex partnership of AJ and Bobby Zamora could be a strike force with both strikers playing together at Fulham. I know Bobby gets slated for his pace but his holdup play his perfect for AJ or can run on to the holdup balls being played by Zamora.  Linking the two together next season will be a big question to most Rangers fans. Will AJ keep fit? Is Zamora passed it? Time will tell.

Jay Bothroyd and DJ Campbell possibly the backup plan but again both have Championship experience, DJ impressing at Ipswich this season and Jay picking up a few goals in the two years Rangers was in the top flight. Both strikers could find themselves out on loan but both could play a part.

QPR just need that 20/25 goal a season striker. A few players will already be on Harry’s wish list as he tries to deal with the ‘Mark Hughes Circus Squad’ in the Championship.  It’s going to be very tough for Harry as he tries to offload players that have underperformed and are on extremely high wages.  Where Southampton/Swansea and Norwich have built around the Championship squad adding quality not quantity at good prices over than the huge transfer fee of Jay Rodriguez. But all ended up surviving comfortable in the end. Southampton spending a little more that there counterpart, but the few players didn’t disrupt a well oiled squad who performed well in the Championship and Swansea and Norwich having again a reasonable secure season.  Even with the new Managers coming into the fray only a few players were brought to work around the squad.



Which brings me to dare I say it that ghastly name ‘Mark Hughes,’ who abused Tony Fernandes transfer budget having signed a total of thirteen players. I am not going to sit here and type who joined as most of you want to forget the signings we made. I here scratched my head as the window went on and the more and more players we signed the more worrying the thoughts I had for the season ahead. Arguably some of the names we signed brought a smile to my face but it was just too much to adapt to a good Rangers squad that survived last season with some fight. With your Clint Hill’s, Jamie Mackie’s, Shaun Derry’s etc putting in all they could you had pre Madonna’s thinking they’re bigger than they are; again I am not going to sit here and name drop. We all know who.

As I witnessed at most games this season, notably Everton away the game where we still had a slight hope to avoid relegation even in the warm up the players looked like a bunch of unknowns at a first day of school meeting, even though having played half the season together. Not one looked up for it and something was definitely up with the so called groups happening at QPR it was clear to see something was not right .Myself and Steven Apex met the squad at Reading away and it seemed such a hostile atmosphere coming out of the hotel.

We have not played like a team all season, maybe the odd game, Sunderland at home, Fulham at home, Southampton away marking Ji-Sung Parks best game. Even the Chelsea game wasn’t great but a win over the scum was a joy to behold.

Now a bit of ranting starts...

The laziness and passion of the team this season has been atrocious; in some games the central midfield has been no existent and with experienced players like Park and rated Mbia you would have thought differently. I think Park and Mbia gave the ball as many times as people slag off John Terry on Twitter and believe me that’s a lot. With the experience they have playing in high leagues better performances should have been made but I can see both struggling even in the Championship.

When Mark Hughes sees money he spends, spends, spends, he just looks at the transfer window and buys regardless of wages and form. When the first two squads were announced at the start of the season I had a Rangers win all over it, but how wrong I, a new guy onto the English scene Michu was a great capture for Swansea leaving the QPR pre Madonna’s weeping.  The season went downhill from here really failing to win in nineteen games relegation was inevitable. Until Harry came along who tried his best to change things.

Harry Redknapp brought in Andros Townsend, Jermaine Jenas and Loic Remy but even these additions could not put right the circus squad that Mark Hughes created. Having had Harry at the season would things be different. We will never know.

Harry now has to try and bring in his own faces or concentrate on youth. With the likes of Harriman who made his first season appearance in the Premier League against Liverpool Sunday played very well considering he was playing league one football all season.  Max Ehmer is another promising youth player the towering defender eager to break in the first team could be an excellent addition with having a good season behind him.  In my eyes it’s slightly too early for Phillip Skapetis, maybe needs to go out on loan first, but looks very promising. Harry already eyeing up a few names most talked about Wayne Bridge, probably unlikely to join now after the failing attempt of Brighton losing in the playoffs to Crystal Palace. Harry will be looking to bring in people that want to play for the club and to secure a first time bounce back, but it’s going to be very tough. In Harry we trust.


Let’s hope the Championship is a good one, maybe not automatic, a possible trip to Wembley or will it be trips to Gillingham and Port Vale a season after next. Whatever happens we will stand by QPR week in week out, let’s get behind the boys next season and COYRRRRRRSSSS!


Let's be noisy Neighbours!

01/04/2013 12:08



Easter Monday’s fixture is between Fulham and Queens Park Rangers. Live in front of the Sky Sports cameras, QPR will look to do the double over the only side they can when they travel to Craven Cottage this evening. Queens Park Rangers bagged their first win of the season against Fulham at Loftus Road where QPR ran out 2-1 winners, both goals from the Moroccan magician Adel Taarabt.

QPR find themselves seven points from safety and managed to come off the bottom of the table without even kicking a ball after Reading’s 4-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

It is going to be very tight in the next few games with more teams now slipping into the relegation battle, Sunderland and Newcastle being two of them and I would like to include Stoke into the mix also.
Last season saw QPR lose 6-0 in the fixture, a lot has come and gone since then with Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson now wearing the blue and white hoops, sadly Johnson will not be able to play the fixture as he is only just coming back from injury and wasn’t included in the 25. However Bobby Zamora is fit and is raring to go having  played 45 minutes in both of his last two fixtures looking bright and strong in both, working well with Remy in a ghost 4-4-2 formation.

Bobby Zamora is perfect to play alongside Remy, Zamora holds up the ball so well and allows the wingers and Remy to come into play with a free flowing attacking formation which we saw in the first half at Villa Park. As soon as Zamora went off the midfield was overrun and the holdup play was lost. People seem to moan and criticize Zamora for his lack of goals and his laziness but it’s the way Bobby reads the play that impresses me, his vision and holdup is one of the best in the Premier League.

Zamora returns to the cottage for the first time since joining Rangers last January. Having fallen out of favour with the management he asked to move only to a short trip down the road to Loftus Road. Zamora will want to impress and prove to Jol he made the wrong decision selling him. It’s always hit or miss when a player returns to his former club, he can either have a blinder or a mare. I think it’s only a matter of time before Bobby Zamora finds the net again though, with only eight games left in the Premier League campaign what a better time to do it.
Bobby Zamora scored 20 goals in 91 appearances for Fulham it seems like he scored a lot more and that but Bobby is more of a holdup player than a goal scorer this is why people seem to get the wrong opinion of Bobby, he would be great in most Premier League sides and sit nicely next to a goal scorer such as Van Persie, Suarez etc but we have our own goal machine who is in fine form at the moment Loic Remy. Only scoring four goals for the R’s this season though. Bobby is a key man in this relegation dogfight and I am sure he will put in another class display this evening.
Eight games left in the Premier League remain for QPR, with having to play Wigan, Stoke and Reading who are also in the scrap a win against the cottagers  is vital and urges a lifeline for QPR who have probably the nicest run in against the other relegation contenders.

QPR haven’t any injury worries going into the game, having survived the international break. Likewise Fulham have a full strength squad, so let’s hope we can have the same sort of result as the home game.
What ever happens we will believe...


19/03/2013 22:59

So Saturday came and as usual I was buzzing for the match, travelling up with Ryan and Beth singing 90’s classics such as Five- ‘If your getting down’ and Blue’s ‘One Rise’, The mood couldn’t be better.

We parked up in what we thought was a great spot, happened to be about a twenty five minute walk from the ground. Luckily the rain held off until we got inside the stadium.

As the team news came through to my phone by the reliable source that is Twitter, I was quite surprised Harry had changed the team around a bit but then again it was an away game so perhaps Harry had a different approach.

Julio Cesar replaced Rob Green in goal and Jermaine Jenas came in for Junior Hoilett.

A packed Villa Park was in full voice from both sets of supporters as both teams emerged from the tunnel. Both sides fearing relegation, this was a must win for either side. QPR heading into the match on back to back wins and Villa struggling to find form as of late... we were set for a cracking encounter.

QPR started well after a brief bit of possession from Villa at the start of the game, QPR seemed to find form and began to play football, and the first real chance from Rangers came from a great set piece from Jose Bosingwa onto the head of Chris Samba only to be denied by a great save from the Villa keeper Brad Guzan. Moments later Samba was in action again with Bobby Zamora failing to find his feet, Samba took control and his twelve yard effort was again denied by the Villa keeper making another key save.

Rangers were in action again as a misplaced pass from substitute Joe Bennett fell to Zamora. Bobby ran towards the goal but was denied by Guzan but fortunately fell into the path of the ex-Villa loanee Jermaine Jenas who put QPR ahead after 23 minutes.

Loic Remy, quiet up until this point, then tested Guzan from distance with a dipping shot that forced the American keeper to push over for a corner. He continued to be the busier of the two stoppers on the stroke of half-time as a fiercely struck free-kick from the corner of the box by QPR fullback Bosingwa rattled the post.

However same old, same old QPR saw Villa level on the stroke of halftime, the worst time to concede a goal. A cross from Matthew Lowton saw Cesar hesitate which allowed Gabby Agbonlahor to header past the Brazilian from six yards.

So at halftime the score was 1-1 and I was shocked as I thought we were on the up and was left scratching my head and went and had another burger which tasted dryer than a Jacobs cracker.


The second half started and Rangers made one substitution; Bobby Zamora replaced by Junior Hoilett. Which was surprising as Bobby was fantastic in the first half, I can only think he is not at match fitness just yet.


QPR were caught napping and nearly found themselves 2-1 down on 58 minutes after an effort from N’Zogbia forced Cesar to turn it over the post for a corner. From the resulting corner came the second Villa goal, Bennett knocked the ball to Weimann. Weimann, who had his back to goal, turned Clint Hill and shot to beat Cesar from 16 yards.


It seemed like a different team came out for the second half as QPR seemed lazy and not on it as they were in the first. Villa kept on pushing with Weimann again going close.

I couldn’t see a way back for Rangers. However QPR made a change with Adel Taarabt coming on who made an instant impact for QPR.

Adel Taarabt seemed to spark some life into the Rangers team with some crisp passing and fine balls for the Rangers attack.


Andros Townsend pulled QPR level. Andros started the move that played a ball to Loic Remy who urged forward, played the ball to Park with his back to goal, found  Townsend who fired the ball behind Guzan taking a slight deflection on the way.


QPR found themselves on the back foot again and a strong move in midfield saw Weimann in action making Cesar commit himself at his near post, leaving an unmarked Benteke to tap into the empty net.  3-2 Aston Villa. QPR’s last effort came from Clint Hill which was deflected over the bar and the final whistle blew. The QPR players looked distraught and many slumped to the floor and looked like they had all been relegated.


At certain times the QPR team just don’t look on the same page as each other, the defense and goalkeeper fell asleep for the third goal.

Looking at it on a positive note though we could have been four or five up at halftime but those chances were denied by a fantastic display from Guzan. 


The games are running out for QPR now as there are eight games for us to play, an away trip to Fulham is up next. We beat them earlier on in the season, so more of the same is needed again two weeks Monday. I sat there and did a BBC predictor and saw us survive by one point, same as last season, I do believe we have enough in the tank to pick up various wins and a few points away from home, this is strongly relying on other teams as well. So maybe the away trips to Barnsley and Ipswich need to be made once again but whatever happens we will stay and support the club.


We Believe...

Beating the drop

22/02/2013 15:17


‘QPR will never be in a relegation dog fight as long as I am in charge’. The famous words from Mark Hughes.

Well it’s into the last few months of the season and that’s just where Queens Park Rangers find themselves.

Harry Redknapp took over the reins at QPR and has still seen only two wins in the Barclays Premier League. QPR found themselves unbeaten in 2013 until the drubbing at Swansea a fortnight ago .


It is not rocket science that results need to improve for Rangers to stand any chance of staying up. With the fixture of Manchester United looming, it couldn’t come at a worse time to be playing the nineteen times Premier League champions. Perhaps we can be the party spoilers again. The dramatic finish to last year’s Premier League campaign saw Manchester United losing the title to their fierce rivals Manchester City and with Manchester City twelve points behind United City will be hoping for us to do them a favour Saturday by taking all three points.

Twelve games remain in the Premier League campaign and I believe Rangers need at least 20 more points to stay up. This means if we reach this target we will finish on 37 points, looking at the table with all the teams around us in form, it may have to take a second thought as to whether 37 points will be enough.

QPR have some tough fixtures coming up but have to play all of the relegation candidates as well which is where we need to be picking up maximum points. We have home fixtures against Wigan, Sunderland and Newcastle, all three of these games we need to take maximum points. This is very achievable. Although as all teams struggle to score goals, so probably 0-0 written over these fixtures (slaps wrist and tells himself not be so negative).  With Zamora back and Remy “hopefully” back I can’t see a problem scoring goals. I am going with two home wins here.

The three away fixtures against the fellow relegation candidates are against Reading, Southampton and Aston Villa. If you would like to add Fulham into the mix, a trip to Craven Cottage is also on the cards. QPR have only taken one win against these teams, which came as our first win of the season against fellow West Londoners Fulham. A draw at home to Villa saw Harry pick up his first point. Rangers drew under Hughes at home to Reading and the dismal performance against Southampton saw QPR come away from Loftus Road with zero points. These are all tough games and I can only see a couple of points being picked up here, possibly a win at Villa and at Fulham but losses to Reading and Southampton. So another two wins here.

QPR have two trips to Merseyside still to play travelling to Liverpool on the last game of the season which by then our fate could have already been decided. Depending on the nature of the game I can see us picking up maximum points here regardless of the need to win the game. QPR like to upset the apple cart. Everton away is winnable having seen Rangers win there last season under Neil Warnock which saw a very strange line up announced with Patrick Agyemang starting up front. Even Clint Hill still had a smile on his face before the game and believed we would pick up three points and we did. All it takes is that little bit of belief.  QPR will pick up a point here.


So that leaves two fixtures left; home to Arsenal and Stoke, both again are winnable, but we have been saying that all season... this is a must win game, blah blah blah.  QPR won both these fixtures last season and need to win them again. Arsenal look more dangerous than last season so another performance of a lifetime will be needed. Stoke who will just come at us and kick us from pillar to post will come for the draw and never really play to win. Rangers will sneak this fixture 1-0 and possibly pick up a draw against Arsenal.

I will leave it up to you on how many points we will get, I think we will just get enough.. Just..

Believe in the R’s... everyone wrote us off last season, but this season is of a different magnitude. Let’s do it and COYRRRRRRRRRRRS!


Blogged by @Moiststrawberry

Where are the goals going to come from, time is ticking.....

11/02/2013 22:17


It’s not rocket science that QPR need to start scoring goals and making chances count if they have any hope of staying up. The defence has been outstanding as of late keeping clean sheets at home to Spurs, the champions Man City, and our memorable win at Stamford Bridge with Shaun Wright Phillips getting on the score sheet. Saturday just gone was a  disaster for QPR; conceding four soft goals at a resilient Swansea side but have also struggled to score as of late. Swansea have kept a similar eleven throughout the season as have Norwich, this is a key factor newly promoted sides need to do, as then morale and confidence can build throughout the season. Sadly injuries got in the way and disrupted the first choice eleven. Which brings me to two key men in our survival for goals Bobby Zamora and Loic Remy.


Bobby Zamora has missed the majority of the season. On 21 November 2012, it was announced Zamora would be out injured for three months due to requiring surgery on a hip injury. This was a big blow to Rangers as they had already lost Andy Johnson through injury.  Bobby has come back into the squad playing a half against MK Dons in the cup and a half against Man City. He also featured briefly at Norwich and came on to replace Jamie Mackie on Saturday. It took only a few minutes for the big man to score with a shot parried from Adel Taarabt’s first attempt.


I believe Bobby Zamora is a key player to our survival chances and is a brilliant player to have in the first eleven. Play him upfront alongside someone and goals will come, he is one of the best strikers in the game for his holdup play and hard work.  Bobby Zamora works his socks off when on the pitch; he tries to win every header and is always knocking it on. This is perfect for our latest signing; the French International Loic Remy.


Loic Remy is also suffering with an ongoing groin problem which is a bit worrying seeing as we paid eight million pounds for the striker. But let’s not cry over spilt milk. Loic is perfect to play alongside Bobby Zamora, the two would be prolific together; Zamora’s knock down play and Loic Remy’s pace and finishing would bring goals. To do this though we need to go 4 4 2 which has not been done by Rangers all season. People say we can’t play 4 4 2 to accommodate Adel Taarabt. Maybe this is true but I am sure Adel can play either on the right or just behind the front two leaving Granero or Derry in the middle with Mbia just behind. At the end of the day I am not the manager and just given my views on what Rangers can do.  A bit like a diamond formation if you’d like.

Two more Rangers players that could be key to survival as well are Shaun Wright Phillips and Junior Hoilett.  Shaun’s tracking is brilliant, one minute he is attacking the opponents penalty box, next he is tracking back tackling and keeping in touch with the opponent unlike Jamie Mackie on Saturday. Shaun is now in form and confidence looks bright and is growing, he came close on Saturday with his effort denied by the bar. With his confidence growing there is no reason why Shaun can’t pop up with a goal or two.


Let's not forget Junior Hoilett, the forgotten man some people say at QPR, signing from Blackburn in the summer was a great bit of business for Rangers. He has yet to hold down a first team slot with injury and other players being selected over him. Hoilett is a young talented winger who needs to be used if SWP doesn’t start, no offense to the resilient 110% giver Jamie Mackie but these two should be starting over him week in week out, their pace and agility have the experience in the Premier League to create and score goals. I am not saying Jamie doesn’t but these two players I believe can give a bit more to the game which Jamie seems to lack. Mackie is a great twenty minute man to bring on and get a late winner. Hoilett has scored once in the league cup defeat to Reading, since then he hasn’t really been used. We will see a lot of Junior and Shaun over the next few games, two players who could be key to our survival.
Lets not forget Adel Taarabt is due a goal and he will be add a few goals as well, he will redeem himself from that penalty miss, you mark my words.
Rangers find themselves seven points from safety, lurking bottom and holding up the league this is a big task, but we did it last year, we can do it again, let’s do the impossible, let’s prove others wrong, let’s stay up, and let’s get behind the team week in week out.




@moiststrawberry mainly known as Moisty or Shawn is the proper name!


A good bit of business...

05/02/2013 20:15


A good bit of business..

After the Summer transfer window you would have thought QPR would be in a better position than they are. With thirteen additions to the QPR squad and some big names and experienced players QPR find themselves rooted to the foot of the table.

I believe there is only one man to blame for this and that is Mark Hughes, given the fact that the Board and Chairman finalise the deals, Mark Hughes was trusted to bring in the best players available to the club, but just like when he managed Man City he doesn’t know what to do when he has a load of money to spend. Remember Mark Hughes signed the likes of Robinho and Jo for Man City who cost the club over £60 million in total. That’s right, remember Jo... because I sure as hell don’t. Mark Hughes wanted to bring in new players who he believed could be challenging for a mid table place this season, but that backfired, with thirteen new faces trying to gel in the team.

It disrupted the passion and the morale in the dressing room, the side that escaped relegation last season showed fight and determination throughout the season, escaping on the last day of the season with the likes of Heidar Helguson notably putting in week in, week out Premiership quality performances. There was no need to bring in thirteen players, a couple at max. Heidar should have been given another season this time round and would have been a key player to help out the likes of CIsse and Remy.  Another couple of players that come to mind are Tommy Smith and Akos Buzsaky; arguably they aren’t starting eleven players but are good squad players and are an asset to the team if you want to bring them on in the last twenty minutes of games.

You only have to look at the likes of Swansea and Norwich who have stuck by the Championship promoted team, with just adding a few players so that the team’s morale isn’t disrupted at all.


I scratch my head at the fact of the signing of Ji-Sung Park, when this signing happened I was over the moon and buzzing, as I have seen what this fella had done at Man United. Within minutes of the signing, he was given the Captaincy; a player that just comes into the squad gets given automatic Captain... that’s like being promoted from trolley boy to checkout supervisor in minutes... oh wait...  Clint Hill, Shaun Derry, Adel Taarabt, three names that stand out who deserve the Captain’s badge. All these three players have been key and all three give 10/10 performances each week. The Ji Sung Park deal was just a good bit of shirt sales business and to make the club a name for itself in Korea and possibly boost Fernandes’s Air Asia airline. I am not blaming the Chairman one bit here, but when Park actually performs well and even attempts to make a mere reserve team performance each week, then this might have been a good deal.

Right that’s enough talking of what was, now it’s what is and let’s move forward. The January transfer window, was according to the Rangers fans, a quiet one. You can’t please some people, with the likes of Christopher Samba signing from Anjhi, Loic Remy signing from Marseille, and finally Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend signing on the deadline day. Rangers fans still scratching their heads and unhappy. Again, what do you fans want, another seven players brought and having to fit in the squad? Harry believes only a few players were needed, possibly the addition of Peter Odemwingie would help but let’s not talk about that, I could ramble on just like the Star Wars saga goes on and on.


Andros Townsend was a great bit of business, signing on loan until the end of the season, this bright, talented left sided winger has what Rangers has been calling out for since the release of Lee Cook. Townsend got thrown straight in at the deep end with a start at Norwich on Saturday. He was so impressive, strong and quick and tormented Norwich throughout. Possibly noted as my man of the match, coming close with a few efforts, but denied by the Norwich keeper.


Jermaine Jenas, another great addition perfect to sit in alongside Derry or Granero with Mbia just behind. Jenas is another talented bright young footballer who if he stays fit, which is a big ask, I believe will make a perfect replacement for Joey Barton, as  since his absence QPR fail to have that holding midfielder and Jenas is perfect for that role. Many of you ask why loan Faurlin out? Faurlin hasn’t been the same player since he has come back so sending him out on loan is the best idea, hoping when he can come back he is the same Ale Faurlin we had in that prolific Championship season.

Now summing up with the two transfers I was most excited about, Christopher Samba to start. Christopher Samba has been a target for QPR for ages now and to finally have him is a joy to behold, both in his own box and the opponents, Chris towers over everyone with his Tyson like stature. He is an outstanding defender and is a perfect replacement for Ryan Nelsen who has been a great servant to the club in his short time here. Christopher Samba is a better Dan Shittu in my eyes who has just that bit more than big Dan had. With Christopher Samba a perfect defender to have alongside Clint Hill and Julio Cesar in the Rangers goal I can’t see QPR conceding too many goals for the remainder of the season, touch wood (touches head repeatedly).

Now onto the position that QPR fans go on and on about; the striker. The signing of Loic Remy in the January transfer window was phenomenal, his vision and drive in front of goal is outstanding, and scoring on his debut against West Ham he showed ease with the finish. Loic can play upfront on his own and with Adel Taarabt providing the service; I can see many more goals to come. Saying this, somehow if we could play another striker upfront with him like Bobby Zamora whose holdup play is second to none, would be perfect for the French international.  Loic, who has reportedly been ruled out for a couple of months, but nothing official has been confirmed, needs to get on with it. Fans were crying out for another striker. But I believe with  Zamora back at full fitness, Bothroyd and Mackie are adequate to do the job. Rangers have sorted out the defensive side; they just need to turn chances into goals.


All in all what a great January transfer window. In Harry we trust and COYRRRRRRRRRRS!

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