Saturday, 25 July 2009

QPR Seasons Preview 2009-10

Being a Queens Park Rangers fan you always receive a fair amount of stick.
But now being one of the richest clubs in London, this season we must finally deliver. Last seasons campaign was memorable with three different managers, rumours the chairman picking his favourites in the team and basically mediocre football.

Flavio Briatore needs to let the manager pick the team and stay out of the dressing room. This time Jim Magilton in charge, for how long is anybodies guess. He is not the most inspiring choice, but must be given a chance. Ipswich did outplay us twice last season with ease. We need to hit the ground running or it will then replicate last year, with fans moaning and turning on the management team early. We have our star players back and fully fit. The likes of Rowan Vine and our own ‘White Pele’, Akos Buzsaky were sorely missed last year. We also have the advantage of having a well established and Premiership class keeper in Radek Cerny. He was outstanding last year and he will be vital to where we finish. The Rangers defence looks strong, however we do need cover in the full back areas.

Our Midfield is the real key to where we will finish this season. We have some very fast, talented wingers in Cook and Routledge. When their on form they can tear apart any Championship defence. Leigertwood and Rowlands, (when the captain is fit that is) provide experience. However Gavin Mahon should have been out the door a long time ago. Hopefully with the purchase of Alejandro Faurlin he will be only be used in desperation. I feel Hogan Ephraim, Adel Taarabt and Matteo Alberti will have good seasons, their young and have energy and can play all along the midfield.

QPR’s strikers leave a lot to the imagination though. Heidar Helguson came with a reputation of being quite good at this level. He really wasn’t. After looking decent on his loan spell when signed permanently he looked lazy, unfit and very wasteful in front of goal. Dexter Blackstock also looks like he will be leaving this summer which is a real bad decision. Patrick Agymang was injured for a major past of last year so his form will be important to us this year.

I hope Magilton has an idea in mind to why we have let go our best forward, a decent left back and a very good second choice keeper leave the club. We have a decent youth and reserve set up, but nobody is a stand out star. However, this year I think and pray we go up. This will be via the Play-Offs. Simply because we like to do things the hard way. I can see it being another long and rocky season at Loftus Road. The time is now for Rangers to get back to where they below, along side our West London rivals of Fulham and Chelsea in the Premiership.

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