There are only 4 weeks to wait ‘til the start of the Premier League. Over the next few weeks @0riginalfooty will preview the new season, take a look at each team and offer our predictions as to where each side will finish. Here we take a look at Queens Park Rangers.
Big-spending QPR are desperate to become Premier League mainstays and are willing to spend what ever it takes to remain in the League. When QPR were relegated from the Premier League the season before last, Tony Fernandes said that he had learnt plenty of lessons concerning what had gone wrong and would not make the same mistakes again. They were, however, disappointing in the Championship last season and only managed promotion through the playoffs when, in truth, they really should have been promoted automatically.
Harry Redknapp is an experienced Premier League boss and has previously managed West Ham, Portsmouth, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur in the top flight. He is also the last English manager to win a major trophy, the FA cup with Portsmouth in 2008. The R’s will be confident, under Harry Redknapp’s stewardship, that they can establish themselves as a mid-table Premier League side and then look to build from there.
Redknapp has been unusually quiet in the transfer window so far but the two signings he has made have been strong. Rio Ferdinand has joined QPR on a free transfer having been at Manchester United since 2002. Ferdinand has enjoyed a glittering career and still has plenty to offer for the Hoops. Steven Caulker has also been drafted in from Cardiff City and will most likely partner Ferdinand at the heart of the defence.
Who is tipped to join them?
A deal for Icelandic striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson has reportedly been agreed but news concerning the transfer has gone quiet in the past few days. The R’s were also keen on Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar but will probably cool their interest now that they have signed Caulker and Ferdinand.
Who should they sign?
QPR will believe that they already have a squad capable of staying in the Premier League and they aren’t too far away from being right. One area they do seem to be a little short is up front. Remy is expected to depart imminently so another option should be pursued with the funds raised. Sigthorsson should be a decent signing but it may take him time to settle so a more proven goalscorer at this level may need to be brought in. Samuel Eto’o has been mentioned as a possible target on a free transfer and would be a very capable addition to their side.
Joey Barton. Regardless of what you think of the controversial midfielder, he is a good footballer and definitely good enough to be playing in the Premier League. If he can let his football do the talking, rather than his mouth or often-senseless actions, then he will be a key component in keeping QPR in top-flight football.
The Hoops have got an experienced manager, a good playing squad and money to spend – a good combination to keep you in the Premier League. I’m expecting a couple more quality signings from Redknapp before the window shuts and a mid-table finish; a good achievement considering they’ve just been promoted. Expect QPR to finish 13th.