Following an opening day 5-0 drubbing by visitors, QPR are still undoubtedly still lacking the strength in depth that could see them avoid the drop once more and maintain their Premier League status for a second successive campaign.
QPR boss Mark Hughes looks set to once again dip into the transfer market to strengthen his QPR side further by signing experienced defender Ricardo Carvalho on a season long loan from Real Madrid, as well as England defender Michael Dawson.
A summer of transition at Loftus Road has seen a mere eight players brought into the squad, with high profile signings such as new captain Park Ji Sung, Junior Hoilett and more recently Jose Boswinga from Chelsea.
Players such as Heidar Helguson, Danny Shittu, Peter Ramage, Fitz Hall, Paddy Kenny and Martin Connolly have all found new homes at Championship clubs, which tells you that last season’s squad didn’t have enough Premier League quality to challenge for a higher place in the finishing standings.
Hughes clearly has the backing of QPR owner Tony Fernandes, who has given him a transfer budget that has allowed him to put a wad of cash reportedly totalling to £7.5m for Michael Dawson, as well as offering high wages that will no doubt entice Carvalho to swap the luxury lifestyle in Spain, for the rebuilding process in West London, a part of the world he is familiar with from after his time with Chelsea.
Carvalho, a centre half who has won the Premier League three times, the Champions League and La Liga as well as 75 caps for Portugal will aim to make QPR much more solid and composed at the back. Companied with fellow new signing Dawson, who will offer the strength and power to complement Carvalho’s stylish nature and Hughes will no doubt feel much more confident with his centre back pairing. This may see Nedum Onuoha switched to right back, a position the pacey, powerful defender is more than capable of. That leaves Anton Ferdinand, Ryan Nelsen and Clint Hill, who may play left back, left to cover in the middle of defence.
One new signing who seemed to look uncomfortable on his debut was goalkeeper Robert Green. The former England international was looking to use his move to QPR as a chance to show Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson he is more than capable of challenging Joe Hart for a spot as his nation’s first choice. His mistake and poor positioning inside the box last week has shown his international days are possibly over, especially with the red hot form of Joe Hart, who seems to rarely make mistakes. It has also seen QPR linked with a move for another goalkeeper, with former Celtic keeper Arthur Boruc named.
The possibility of more comings and goings at Loftus Road is very high, with the club refusing to give squad numbers to six of their players, it shows they will be looking to move them on to pastures new, and replace them with the top class talent that is slowly becoming the norm at QPR.
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