With 10 games to go till the end of the season is it safe to say curtains to Queens Park Rangers in early March? A terrible run of form has seen them fail to win a Premier league game in the last 6 fixtures, which has them rooted in the bottom three. Making matters worse most of those games have been against teams in and around them, such as their latest defeat against Bolton and the poor display at Loftus Road in early February against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Many pundits and football experts are already condemning QPR to go straight back down to the second tier of English football, but why such harsh opinions? Having already played all the teams within 3 points of themselves, they have a nightmare fixture list which involves 7 of the current top 8 clubs in the division. With trips to Old Trafford, The Etihad Stadium and a West London derby at Stamford Bridge times are looking rather bleak for the men in blue and white.
A January mêlée including a change of manager and 6 new faces in the first team suggests a state of transition at Queens Park Rangers. With the 5th worst defence in the Premier League this season and only 10 games to go there simply is no time for transition. Despite the swift change at Loftus Road the January transfer window saw them sign some renowned players in England and Europe. Djibril Cisse the journeyman who has had spells at Liverpool, Marseille and Panathinaikos was signed from Italian outfit Lazio. Another acquisition from an Italian side was Taye Taiwo, the Nigerian international who has a Ligue 1 title during his time at Marseille. Other notable signings were Bobby Zamora, Nedum Onuoha and Samba Diakite. Although these top players have all arrived QPR since the January transfer window shut QPR have only managed 2 points from a possible 18, which is definitely relegation form.
This calendar year QPR have only managed to earn 5 points in the Premier League, this poor run of results is beginning to frustrate fans. A resident in West London and QPR fan Moyosore Oni said, “This season has been really frustrating, the new owners came in too late. They sacked Warnock after only a couple of months and expect Hughes to work a miracle with loads of new faces in the team”. Moyo speaks for a lot of QPR fans at this present moment, the QPR squad seems to be overloaded with players who are barely featuring and on substantial wages. Current top goal scorer Heidar Helguson who has 9 goals this season has not featured in the league since January. QPR are currently the 4th lowest scoring team in the Premier League, despite the club having 10 first team strikers on their books.
Although the odds suggest Queens Park Rangers are heading for an immediate return to the Championship, the partnership that Zamora and Cisse are beginning to form is QPR’s one bright spark and hope for them to stay in the division. With 4 goals between them the two strikers could well shoot QPR out of the relegation zone. The odds are against them but to prove pundits, fans and football experts wrong they must first get a result against newly crowned Carling Cup winners Liverpool at Loftus Road on Wednesday.