QPR clearly plan to rebuild from the back having signed goalkeeper Liam Kelly, full-back Lee Wallace and now Yoann Barbet, with the 26-year-old joining on a free upon the expiry of his contract with Brentford.
The Frenchman made 30 starts for the Bees last term and his versatility will undoubtedly be a huge asset to Mark Warburton as he strives to figure out his best XI – Barbet can play at centre-back or left-back.
Signing an experienced Championship defender with the ability to play out from the back and add a physical presence for free is rare, and exactly the kind of deal QPR should be doing if they are to climb back up the table.
The QPR keeper was giving it large to Bolton fans at the weekend. Find out who had the last laugh in the video below…
The Hoops conceded 71 goals in the league in 2018/19 – the worst defensive record outside of the bottom three – and this weakness has clearly been recognised by Warburton, with Wallace and Barbet bringing experience to an unsteady backline.
Here’s what the Loftus Road faithful had to say about the addition on Twitter, with a couple rubbing it in Bees fans’ faces, while another labelled the signing “unreal”…
Brilliant signing 🔵⚪️🔵⚪️
Smart boy moving to a bigger West London club, eh @BrentfordFC 😆
— LEWIS /QPR PLEDGER (@lewispledger) June 18, 2019
— Anthony Buckley (@anthonybuckley) June 18, 2019
Starting ta look promising,
Anyone else “leaving” though.???
— STEVE O’MARA (@STEVEMOGORMAN2) June 18, 2019
I forgot how it feels to sign someone new ???
— Martin Griffin (@MartinGriffin4) June 18, 2019
Will replace Lynch nicely mate
— Richie Dixon (@harlowhoop) June 18, 2019
Unreal bit of business
— Gus Skinner (@GusSkinner) June 18, 2019
Brilliant signing, loving this building from the back and an actual transfer plan in action! Welcome to the proper football club of West London @BarbetYoann ?⚪️?⚪️
— James Privett (@james_privett10) June 18, 2019
Wow what a signing!!! Did not see that coming ???
— jh (@hendursanga) June 18, 2019