So, Harry’s in, Tony Fernandes obviously listens to crowd chants and reads homemade banners. Harry’s been brought in to do what he does best – an extraction mission, rescuing QPR from the bottom three. He definitely has the squad to do it, the time to assess what he needs and the money to go out and get it, which I have no doubt that he will. Mark Hughes bought relatively well in my eyes, and Redknapp just has to piece the Mark Hughes puzzle together in his own way.
The first game that Harry took charge was a tough one, a 560-mile round trip to the Stadium of Light to face a hungry and talented Sunderland team. I think he (and we) learned a lot from it. QPR are not good travellers at the best of settled times, but for a manager to go away with QPR for his first game and get anything from it is a tough ask.
Harry played a 4-3-3 and kept it tight in the middle. He stuck the man mountain Stephane M’Bia in front of the back four and it really suited him, he’s great on the ball, quick and strong. He’s also a force to be reckoned with going forward on top of that. Stephane M’Bia was one of the signings along with Esteban Granero that I couldn’t quite believe that QPR had pulled off and I think to stay up Harry really needs to utilise him in the most effective way that they can.
The 4-3-3 formation looked good but it’s becoming more and more apparent that what QPR need is goals, Djibril Cisse is a fantastic striker on his day but he’s very streaky and Cisse’s bad form couldn’t come at a worst time with QPR needing the goals and Zamora and Johnson being strapped to the treatment table. I guarantee that Harry will be doing his best to get 1 or 2 strikers in during January with a couple of names like Loic Remy (I wish) already being mentioned.
I also think with Harry in charge he may get the best out of Adel Taarabt. Harry coming in could have 2 consequences for Adel, He could either want to get shot of him (again) in January with being able to pick up 10+ million for sure or he could see how much he’s improved since he let him go at Tottenham and make him an integral part of this rescue mission. Adel Taarabt might see this as a chance to really prove something to Harry and I really hope that’s how it goes.
I think one thing that Harry Redknapp will really be able to do is get the fans back on our side, get our 12th man back onto the pitch. A lot of fans as we know weren’t happy with the Hughes appointment and when the results weren’t going the way they wanted even more fans were losing faith in Hughes. Usually with a manager being appointed fans are split, 50/50 in some cases but it seems with Redknapp that a good 95% of the fans are happy.
I’m sure in turn that you’ll hear a bigger roar at Loftus Road and it will go some way to again becoming the fortress that Hoops fans know that it can be. It’s a hard task, with QPR having the worst start to a Premier League season ever but if anyone can do it, Harry can do it and anyway, QPR love being the underdogs, it’s the only way that they know.