As the new season is about go begin in about a month's time, I'd like to analyse what really went wrong with QPR, last term.
At the beginning of the 2012/13 season, QPR and the Rangers’ fans, definitely wouldn’t have seen their team in the last spot in the league table at any point of time.
Having spent a fortune in the summer transfer window on the likes of Esteban Granero, Julio Cesar, Samba Diakite, Ji-Sung-Park and again around £25 million in the winter transfer window on Loic Remy and Christoper Samba, it was expected that the club would, at the very least, secure a mid table spot at the end of the season.
But their home form let them down. It was said that the team were going places after they signed players like Granero and Cesar, who were also courted by some top clubs. They’re going places alright. Ewood park, Turf Moor and The Reebok, to name a few. They had a dismal start to the campaign, not winning a game almost until December.
Where did they go wrong, really? Having made such signings, the club should have performed better. Tony Fernandes did try bringing in Harry Redknapp, but it was perhaps a little too late.
Under Redknapp, the team showed signs of improvement. Winning quite a few home games, all thanks to January signing Loic Remy's fine form.
Now relegated to the Championship, the QPR management should probably look to handle things in a clever and economic manner. First up, the summer transfer window. The best way to go about things would be to sell some of their players(some of them might leave on a free transfer as their contracts have relegation clauses). Certain players wouldn’t be content with playing in England’s second tier. Samba has already left for Anzhi, from whom he signed for QPR in the winter transfer window. The R's have been linked with moves for Celtic frontman Gary Hooper and a few others. But have been silent in the window so far, only bringing in Danny Simpson and Richard Dunne from Newcastle United and Aston Villa, respectively.
As always noticed, Premier league clubs as well as other clubs from other leagues look to pounce upon players who are relegated with their clubs. Case in point, Birmingham about two years ago, when most of their important players left and moved onto pastures new.
They should look to buy the best players in the Championship and then fight for promotion as opposed to spending exorbitant amounts on random players. Which is probably is the best way to go for a club that is relegated and looking to get promoted at the first attempt.
They would be hoping to have a solid season in the Championship Will QPR be able to bounce back? And avoid the free-fall Wolves went through? Will Harry Redknapp stay? Only time will tell.
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