The chances of survival in the Premier League for Queens Park Rangers seem slim, if their current recruitment policy continues, with this month's 'marquee signing' taking the form of 31-year-old ex-Portsmouth player Tal Ben-Haim.
The signing of Ben-Haim represents a key flaw in Rangers scouting network, with Rangers often signing overly-experienced and ageing players, with 17 players on their books over the age of 30.
These players have often done more harm to the squad than good, either through unexpected injuries (Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora), leaving at a crucial point in the season for a management position (Ryan Nelsen), or through general hooliganism (Joey Barton).
Older players may seem like a sure-fire way for QPR to drag themselves out of the relegation zone, yet younger players such as Jamie Mackie and Adel Taarabt are playing passionate and energetic football.
The older squad-members such as Djibril Cisse seem keen to get their Loftus Road nightmare over with, surely the focus on experience is poorly placed.
Yet even if the Hoops were to rectify these mistakes and invest in youth, the harm that selling the older players for a much reduced transfer fee would devastate the club's bank accounts.
There is no doubt that the Hoops need to invest in the future. They must expand their mediocre scouting network, and attempt to bring in established young players while holding on to their top assets such as Taarabt.
Signing a young striker that can immediately contribute to the team, is the top priority, with Rangers scoring two goals in their last five Premier League games.
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