QPR Focus – Granero key to Premier League survival

QPR await the arrival of Reading this weekend knowing that despite being only nine games into the Premier League campaign, it’s already been labelled as a relegation six pointer. Despite a summer of high profile arrivals, the Hoops still sit at the bottom of the Premier League table, leaving this weekend’s home fixture against newly promoted Reading very much a must win, as Mark Hughes’ side are still the only team still yet to register a league victory.

One of those high profile signings was Spanish midfielder Esteban Granero, a £9m purchase from footballing giants Real Madrid. The 25-year-old joined with the expectation of QPR being at least a mid-table side, with possible thoughts of putting himself in the shop window for a move to any of England’s bigger clubs. But with very much a relegation dog fight at Loftus Rad this season, the usual technical and graceful Granero has had to adapt his style so far, in order to be a fan’s favourite in England.

Although it has been a poor start to the season for QPR, the one positive must be the impression Granero has made so far. Despite being a stereotypical Spanish midfielder, in the sense that his natural ability with the ball is second to none, Granero’s work rate and grit throughout the game has left fans licking their lips at the potential of the player they have. But despite signing a four year deal, there is very much the chance Granero will move on if QPR are relegated this season, along with many of their high profile signings.

The typical unrest coming from the media will not have helped Granero and his fellow new signings bed into West London, with constant talk of a new manager coming in to replace the under fire Mark Hughes, but the former Spain U21 player knows his team should not be at the foot of the table, stating: “We have a good team, good squad and a good manager, so we don’t deserve to be there.”

Many can hardly question QPR’s No 14 when it comes to football knowledge and experience, a player who grew up through one of the world’s greatest football clubs in Real Madrid, playing with some of the world’s greatest players, as well as playing under arguably one of the world’s best managers in Jose Mourinho. He will no doubt be contacting his former teammates and manager for advice on how to avoid relegation and stay in the prestigious Premier League: “We exchange the odd message and I think a lot of him. He taught me a lot. He’s a great manager and treated me well.”

Sixty appearances under Mourinho and a La Liga winners medal is fantastic experience to take into an under fire dressing room along with players who have never reached those heights. It’s certainly under no doubt that Esteban Granero is vital to QPR’s season.

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