Jul 15, 2015

Why Queens Park Rangers will not bounce back at the first time of asking

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It all started so badly for Queens Park Rangers at the start of 2015 as they failed to add any quality additions to their squad and lost manager Harry Redknapp who resigned after the January failings.

Chris Ramsey was appointed as the man to try and stop what seemed like an inevitable drop into the Championship and it started so promisingly for him. QPR finally won their first away match of the season, but that was as good as it got for them as they bowed out of the top flight without putting up much of a fight. Their relegation confirmed with a 6-0 hammering by Manchester City.

Just when QPR fans thought that it couldn’t get worse, Joey Barton accused senior players including Chile striker Eduardo Vargas of being bad eggs and causing problems in the dressing room. This in itself was a bad revelation, but Adel Taarabt has come out this week and accused players of not caring about the club and just looking to line their pockets. He also claimed that players were declared unfit and injured in public when really they were fully fit.

These appalling revelations coupled with a potential fine of up to £50 Million for failing to comply with Financial Fair Play Rules when they were last in the second tier has started the summer off very poorly for the club. They have also lost some big players such as Joey Barton, Adel Taarabt and loanee Mauricio Isla who returned to Juventus after a mixed loan spell.

The club have tried to turn around the demise and set up a promotion push by bringing in new players, but are they really good enough? QPR have signed young Swindon stars Ben Gladwin and Massimo Luongo, but having only been playing in League One it will be a big ask for them to immediately be in a side who look to be at the top of the Championship and I see these moves as ones for the future.

The Rs have shown a noticeable change in transfer policy this summer, opting for youth and potential over household names.

The Rs have shown a noticeable change in transfer policy this summer, opting for youth and potential, over household names.

Another signing was Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who is a very talented player but the winger scored just 9 league goals in 36 appearances for League One Table Toppers Bristol City. His versatility could make him a good addition as he can also play as a centre forward or just in behind the striker, but he hasn’t been consistent enough to give fans confidence that he can be a star for the club.

The biggest signing so far this summer for Rangers though is the return of Scottish International forward Jamie Mackie. He was a fantastic servant for the club and did a brilliant job for QPR after joining from Plymouth Argyle in 2010. His first spell at the club started incredibly but a broken leg in January 2011 checked his progress. QPR were promoted at the end of the 2010/11 season and when he returned to the side towards the end of 2011 and was a key player under both Neil Warnock and Mark Hughes.

Mackie’s biggest contribution was a superb performance off the bench at home to Liverpool, when he inspired his side as they came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 with Mackie scoring the winner. He also scored QPR’s second in the defeat to Manchester City which won the Manchester club the title. He continued to do a very decent job on the wing during the next season, but left the club for Nottingham Forest after Rangers failed to secure their Premiership status.

Since leaving QPR Mackie has never really got going and has struggled at both Nottingham Forest and on loan last season at Reading, although he did excel in the second half of last season. Mackie’s non-stop running and commitment makes him a very good player to have, but considering he has barely had a look in over the last 2 seasons is he really good enough to be the club’s marquee signing?

Add those 4 players to the squad and you have a team that looks ok, but there are only a few names that stand out such as striker Charlie Austin, goalkeeper Rob Green and midfielder Sandro. These 3 are quite clearly Premiership quality but the rest of the squad look weak and if any of these 3 (with the exception of maybe Green with Alex McCarthy waiting in the wings) were to be sold or injured then QPR would be severely weakened.

With money not readily available with the fine looming over QPR’S head it means they haven’t been able to bulk up their squad and whilst their starting 11 looks reasonably strong, they have no depth whatsoever and injuries to key players could even lead to a relegation battle. Armand Traore has also stayed at the club despite strong criticism of his commitment to the side and if he continues to act the same it is only going to affect QPR negatively.

Even the biggest of diehard Rangers fans will know that they will have to produce something really special to bounce back straight away and with the negatives massively outweighing the positives it looks like they are destined for a long stay in the second tier.

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Comments to Why Queens Park Rangers will not bounce back at the first time of asking

  • Your grammar is dreadful. “…QPR were promoted at the end of the 2010/11 season and when he returned
    to the side towards the end of 2011 and was a key player under both Neil
    Warnock and Mark Hughes” Try using a comma when listing events. It helps the reader to understand what you are trying to communicate.

    Dragonsbreath July 15, 2015 9:48 am
    • I agree with your comments. It should have been ,he was a key player as opposed to what it was. I must’ve missed it when i proof read it, but thanks for pointing it out.

      Scott Newbery July 15, 2015 1:47 pm
  • @newbery_scott Being promoted is not the objective this year. Ramsey & Ferdinand have both said this publicly. #QPR

    ????????????????? ????????????????? July 15, 2015 9:58 am
  • Do you know much about QPR or are you just rehashing a few bits taken from the tabloids?

    Taarabt is not the best person to listen to as the man caused more problems with his attitude than any other player. But you would rather believe the narcissistic fool.
    Sandro will not play for Rangers again and will be loaned out next season after complications with his work permit.
    Austin WILL be sold before the beginning of the season.
    Green won’t have back-up as McCarthy will go to Palace.
    All the above is not just tabloid speculation.
    You only mention Mackie and Emmanuel-Thomas as signings, but there are quite a few others.

    You talk about “a huge fine” as if it is “a done deal”, but can’t be bothered to mention that it is in regards to FFP.
    You talk about the money situation – but you do not mention the £9.8m QPR have just received as part of the deal that took Rahmeem Sterling from Liverpool to Man City.

    Too many of these bloggs by nobodies (usually young idiots who think thatby writing them it is a way into sports journalism).

    If you want to do it, do it properly. Do some proper research. Don’t rely on quotes from embittered idiots like Taarabt. Learn how to write properly. Try to include up to date information. Write about something that you KNOW.

    These comments about your article is far more accurate than your piece about QPR.

    Pat Monroe July 15, 2015 12:15 pm
    • Pat thanks for your comments. You have made some fair points but there are a few things I’d like to point out. First of all this was done 2 weeks ago so before Sterling left Liverpool so at that stage QPR had received no money for him. Secondly FFP is quite clearly mentioned, as is the ‘potential’ fine, so that is just lazy reading on your part. Thirdly Sandro’s situation still has the potential to be sorted out and Austin and McCarthy are still there so until they go it is you that is listening to tabloid speculation. With transfers Ben Gladwin and Luongo were also mentioned, i just admit i may have gone over the top with the amount on mackie, but then again so far he is the marquee signing. The use of Taarabt’s comments were to reinforce the point, although i agree it isn’t overly reliable. I agree it isn’t my best work, but it’s definitely better than you have suggested. Read my one on Derby tomorrow and if you still don’t like it, then i will take your comments on board.

      Scott Newbery July 15, 2015 1:41 pm