QPR are prime evidence for the argument that money isn’t everything in football. With the abundance of footballing talent available to Harry Redknapp and Mark Hughes alike, it is simply woeful that the club has now been relegated to the Championship.
Although Redknapp was unable to galvanise his players to an extent that would have led their club to survival, there remains players who will top the transfer target lists for numerous Premier League managers. Here are the top five in rank order, with their current worth according to: www.transfermarkt.co.uk.
1. Esteban Granero | £6,600,600
Despite QPR’s pitiful season, Granero has shown himself to be a class above his colleagues. The Spaniard joined QPR from Real Madrid for £9 million in last summer’s transfer window, and since then his composure, vision and knack for goal from midfield has been of the highest calibre.
It was surprising that QPR managed to secure Granero’s services in the first place given his remarkable talents. A combination of Coutinho, Granero and Gerrard in Liverpool’s midfield could prove a devastating combination. Liverpool would be the most appropriate destination for Esteban.
2. Loic Remy | £8,800, 800
Having been brought to Loftus Road in January by Harry Redknapp, Remy failed to turn to QPR’s season around. Nevertheless, his gift is undisputed. With a goal of the season contender against Wigan and various other composed finishes under his beltm Remy will attract attention from the Premier League’s best, but Tottenham who are in desperate need of a centre forward given Emmanuel Adebayor’s recent plight are firm favourites for Remy’s signature.
3. Julio Cesar | £3,500,000
The fact that a relegated English Premier League team now employs the holder of the number one shirt for Brazilian international team is simply ludicrous. A
lthough Cesar fell out of favour with the Inter Milan authorities his shot stopping abilities remain intact. Liverpool’s Pepe Reina hasn’t been in the most consistent form of late; perhaps Cesar could prove an adequate replacement.
4. Adel Taarabt | £8,800,800
Taarabt’s is sure to leave Loftus Road in the summer. No one in the Premier League holds themselves in as high a regard as Taarabt does himself; while he is extremely talented he lacks consistency. One thing is certain: the Moroccan would be wasted in the Championship.
Taarabt would need an experienced manager to bring the best out of him, Sir Alex Ferguson would be perfect for developing his mercurial talent while containing his fiery personality.
5. Park Ji- Sung | £3,100,000
At Manchester United Park was the hardest working footballer in English football. His impact at QPR has been less significant. However, he would slot into most Premier League starting XIs with consummate ease.
Fulham currently rely solely on Dimitar Berbatov’s excellence for their mid-table finish, Park would make an impeccable addition to Fulham’s squad working as an efficient supply line to the Bulgarian.
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