Angel Rangel showed that he can help to solve Queens Park Rangers’ defensive issues with his performance during the 4-2 victory over Stoke City.
They may have conceded twice against the Potters, but Rangel put in a good defensive performance, even if his limitations in an attacking sense were clear to see.
Despite those limits, his defensive solidity could prove to be integral for Mark Warburton’s side, especially when their defensive record so far is considered.
They have conceded a total of 58 goals in their 33 Championship games so far, a poor number that is only exceeded by Luton Town’s 66, while it is also equalled by bottom-of-the-table Barnsley.
It is imperative that they improve this record if they are to begin climbing the table, and Rangel could potentially be part of the answer to ensuring that happens.
Rangel was pretty limited on the ball against the relegation-threatened side, failing to make any dribbles or key passes, while maintaining a pass success rate of just 61%.
However, his defensive solidity made up for that, and is the reason that he could be claiming a place in Warburton’s starting lineups moving forward.
He was indomitable in his defensive work, completing both of his two attempted tackles, three clearances and two interceptions.
It should be noted that this is something QPR desperately need as Ryan Manning and Geoff Cameron are the only other players in the team who managed to make two tackles – the Spaniard was also in the Rs’ top three for interceptions and clearances completed. All of this offers an indication of how useful he can be defensively.
While his performance may not have been quite as spectacular as Ryan Manning’s in the opposite full-back position, it did highlight how important he can be for the team.