QPR: Don't Panic, We're No Strangers To A Bad Start

The squad's filled with talent, but a leaking defence and a mis-firing forward line has kept QPR rock bottom; but it’s not time to panic about the season…yet.
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The squad's filled with talent, but a leaking defence and a mis-firing forward line has kept QPR rock bottom; but it’s not time to panic about the season…yet.

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What’s been the problem for QPR this season? Well, I don’t think there’s been just one. The bigger question is how to rectify them. A lot of fans will place the blame solely inside Mark Hughes’ letterbox which doesn’t surprise me as he wasn’t an altogether popular choice to begin with. The Park Ji-Sung as captain thing got a lot of people questioning his decisions straight away - that and constantly picking Shaun Wright-Phillips in front of an eager Junior Hoilett. A lot of people want to see the back of him by bringing Harry Redknapp in, just like that, because he’d automatically be appointed, apparently.

I think we need to have a hard look at the team QPR currently have. They possess a bunch of talented midfielders that fill every gap needed in the centre of the pitch. They have 3 talented wingers. There’s elegance and composure in the middle with Faurlin and Granero. A match-winner in Adel Taarabt, a tank in Samba Diakite and people like Mackie and Park Ji-Sung that’ll run around like headless chickens for the shirt that they’re wearing.

It’s in defence and attack that it seems they’re still seriously lacking. Stephane M’Bia looked like an inspired signing and I still think this is the case - he’s just got a hot head and QPR- more most teams- can’t afford any more red cards. The defence has just been leaking goals really, that’s enough to lose you points and that’s what’s been happening. Bosingwa has been given the run around by pretty much anyone with a ball at their feet this season. An Impressive Ryan Nelson has had to deal with 3 different partners at centre back and Traore isn’t and hasn’t looked match fit.

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In attack, on the other hand it’s just a case of Bobby Zamora doing all he can and Djibril Cisse looking incredibly disinterested. I think a lot of Mark Hughes’ goal hopes were resting on Djibril’s shoulder and he just hasn’t been able to carry on the hot streak from the end of last season. Andrew Johnson looked very lively in a QPR shirt but finds himself once more getting comfortable on the injury table, so that leaves QPR searching for goals. Rob Hulse and DJ Campbell have been banging ‘em in- how about it, ay?

I wouldn’t panic personally. Be annoyed? Yes. Vent on Twitter? Check. But panic? I can’t say that I have yet. It’s a long season and although I would’ve liked a win I’m no stranger to a bad QPR start. January can’t come quick enough for Mark Hughes it seems but will more players help or just add more pieces to an already uncompleted puzzle? Surely a prolific striker must be on the shopping list; I’ve heard mumbles of Darren Bent but we’ll see. It’s a long, long road- every season is.

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