Queens Park Rangers won what is known as the richest game in football to secure their place in the Premier League, for many people they were surprise winners of last season’s play-off final.
Nevertheless here they are, back in the Premier League with a manager that knows how to put up a fight. Over the summer QPR have been backed by charismatic owner Tony Fernandes, bringing in players such as Sandro, Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker; just some of many.
I believe QPR have some great individuals in their squad. However, that is part of the problem – there are too many individuals. When you compare their squad to Leicester or Burnley, Rangers appear to have the better squad. They have Rio Ferdinand, a Premier League winner and one of England’s greatest ever centre-backs. Steven Caulker, tipped to be another great English centre-back. But, unfortunately for QPR, there appears to be no ‘togetherness’ in the team – it seems like the players do not want to fight for the cause together.This leads to problems on the pitch, as there is a lack of communication, and tactics will not work, leading to ultimately disappointing performances.
How have they started?
Queens Park Rangers have endured a shambolic start upon returning to the Premier League. Losing five out of their opening seven games, which included 4-0 thumpings by both Tottenham and Manchester United. Rangers have only managed one victory so far, which come over Sunderland in August. Rangers currently sit bottom of the Premier League joint with fellow new boys Burnley, both on four points.
The start of the season has given QPR fans and Harry Redknapp a big reality check when it comes to life in the Premier League. I believe the team needs to gel in order to improve their form; all the players must be able to say they are fully committed to the cause. At this moment in time I don’t think that is the case. Many of them appear to be there for nothing more than a bulky wage packet.
Will they survive?
Some believe that this is mountain just too high for managerial magician Harry Redknapp to climb and personally, I agree. Unless these factors change I can only see one result for Queens Park Rangers and that is a swift return to the Championship. For me I think Rangers are still in the process of finding the squad that they need for life in the Premier League. I believe players will need to go and the right players will need to come in – something they may not have done in the past.
This is something that will take time, but time is not on Queens Park Rangers side at the moment. Harry Redknapp will need his players to kick on very soon as they head into a tough run of fixtures. Their next six fixtures include home games against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, as well as away trips to Chelsea and Newcastle.