QPR should look beyond has-been Rangel

According to The Sun, QPR are closing in on a deal to sign former Swansea defender Angel Rangel on a free transfer.

What’s the story?

Despite being relegated from the Premier League last season, the Swans still opted to release Rangel, bringing an end to his time with the Welsh outfit after 11 seasons of service at the Liberty Stadium.

In the top flight last time out, the 35-year-old could only muster 7 appearances in all competitions, with just a handful coming in the league.

As fine a player as the Spaniard once was for Swansea, his decline has been evident for a while now and a parting of ways made sense for all involved this summer.

As a free agent, Rangel ought to be seeking a new club where he stands a chance of getting regular football once more. 

It is understandable why QPR boss Steve McClaren wants to bolster his defence. His side have endured a tough start to the new Championship season and look weak at the back. With the transfer window now shut though, his options for finding reinforcements are limited to free agents and loan deals.

Even in this scenario, the acquisition of Rangel would not be smart business for the London club.

Rangel not enough

QPR’s problems are bigger than anything the 35-year-old veteran full-back can be expected to fix. It became clear last season that Rangel’s pace and energy have begun to desert him, and in a league as gruelling and intense as the Championship he is likely to be repeatedly exposed.

QPR can’t afford to squander more of their wage budget and another squad space on a player who, in all likelihood, would offer them very little in return.

McClaren would be far better served by moving for some of the other defenders freely available this summer, such as Robert Huth, Glen Johnson or Philipp Wollscheid – all of whom could make a genuine impact at Loftus Road.