No one needs reminding of QPR's 2012/13 campaign under Mark Hughes and Harry Redknapp. Having spent tons of money in the transfer market, the signings simply didn't gel. A lack of care or effort was obvious, so can QPR do it better this time around?
Excellent transfer business
QPR's transfer business this summer has been impressive. They've returned Julio Cesar to give Robert Green a challenge, returned Loic Remy to lead their attack, and made the loan of Niko Kranjcar, who impressed last season, permanent. They have bolstered their defence, with an excellent defender in Steven Caulker, plus some inspirational experience in Rio Ferdinand.
They've also genuinely improved their midfield, with acquisitions of a top class winger in Mauricio Isla, plus two genuine superb midfielders in Jonathan De Guzman (who has all but completed a £7m move from Villarreal), and youngster Jordon Mutch. However, their most important signing would be that of Glen Hoddle as assistant manager. Last season Steve McClaren made the difference as assistant manager, and when he left for Derby things began to go downhill. Hoddle should fill his boots.
How should they line up?
Last season a big problem was that Harry Redknapp deployed them in a simple 4-4-2 and tried to make them play over-complicated football. This time, he should do the opposite: give them a simple 3-4-3 formation and make them consolidate with relatively simple football. This is how they should line up:
Rob Green and Julio Cesar are both reliable goalkeepers, so that area won't prove a problem for the Hoops.
Steven Caulker, Richard Dunne and Nedem Onuoha could all line-up at the back, with the experienced Rio Ferdinand and Clint Hill as back-up. Their defence shouldn't be a problem and, if necessary, Barton and De Guzman are both fine tacklers and can get back to help.
In attack, Remy and Austin are both highly talented, and with attacking midfielders like Kranjcar, Isla, Mutch and Taarabt, they should have no problems.
I feel confident that Rangers, if they play to their full strength, can achieve a decent standing.