QPR Focus - Robert Green departure already on the horizon
QPR manager Mark Hughes has admitted goalkeeper Robert Green may leave in January, if he is not happy with the amount of first team action he has had.
Green, a summer signing from West Ham, was brought in as the new No.1 keeper to replace Paddy Kenny, who joined his ‘football father’ Neil Warnock at Leeds, a manager who has signed the former Republic of Ireland international on four different occasions.
After a horrid start to his QPR career, conceding five goals at Swansea and looking suspect in the following fixture against Norwich, Green’s No.1 spot looks in jeopardy due to the signing of Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar, who signed as a free agent on a 4 year deal.
The signing of Cesar looks almost certain to relegate Green to the QPR bench, a position he is not really used to after being the No.1 keeper at former clubs Norwich and West Ham.
Cesar, who has won 64 caps for Brazil has already made an impact at Loftus Road, claiming he has signed for QPR to win the Premier League. It has been well documented Mark Hughes has spent a lot of money this summer, bringing in no fewer than 12 players into the club, but realistically QPR are nowhere near winning the Barclays Premier League, their main aim should be consolidating their position in the top flight once more.
There is no question which goalkeeper has the most experience, with the Brazilian playing alongside some of the greatest players of this era during his time at Inter Milan and Brazil, as well as competing with Inter legend Francesco Toldo for the No.1 spot.
Green’s career has seen him spend long periods of time at modest Norwich City and most recently West Ham before his summer move to West London.
There is a small chance that Robert Green will want to spend his QPR career playing second fiddle to Cesar, with the Brazilian contracted for the next four years.
Green does have the fact he has spent all his career in the English leagues, which may count in his favour. Fellow Brazilian Hurelho Gomes signed for Tottenham on the reputation of being one of the most outstanding goalkeepers in Europe. After one too many mistakes at Spurs he was demoted to 2nd choice and now with the arrival of Hugo Lloris, dropped to 3rd choice. So there is the chance Cesar may come into the Premier League and not live up to the hype that saw him named Serie A Goalkeeper Of The Year in 2009 and 2010.
Due to Julio Cesar failing to secure his international clearance in time, Green played in this weekend’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City. Despite hardly putting a foot wrong himself, 9 goals conceded in 3 games just isn’t good enough for a club that wants to climb further up the league table. His only clean sheet in his QPR career to date is the 3-0 Capital One Cup win over Walsall, hardly the form of a man wanting to cement a place in the England Squad.
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