When QPR were relegated to the Championship last season, it was no great surprise. They played extremely poorly during the 2014/15 season when they were last in the Premier League. However, it would not be out of the question to assume that they could manage to bounce back at the first time of asking as they did in the 2013/14 season.
This time is different though. Other Championship teams want and are more deserving of a place in the Premier League, therefore the West London side will have to work much harder if they want to return to the summit of English football.
Charlie Austin has moved on
There is no questioning Charlie Austin’s importance and commitment to Queens Park Rangers.
His departure on the 16th of January will definitely be a big blow for the Championship team, but Southampton offered a reported fee of £4m and Charlie Austin’s stay at QPR came to an amicable end as he left to join Ronald Koeman’s side.
Taking into consideration the fact he would have been a free transfer in the summer and how vital he has been for QPR since signing in 2013, Southampton have definitely got the deal of the January transfer window so far.
Austin is a proven goal scorer in the Premier League and he scored 18 of QPR’s 42 goals last time they were in the top flight as well as earning his first and only England call up to date. Furthermore, he was QPR’s top goal scorer this season with 10 goals until his move to Southampton.