QPR’s playing personnel must improve in quality to meet Mark Warburton’s demands

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Mark Warburton arrived at QPR with a clear philosophy in mind and wasted little time implementing the style of football that he wanted to be played.

It has led to an improvement in results and the performances of certain players, and his team rank fifth in the league for average possession, with 54%.

His entertaining brand of football has been recognised by Eberechi Eze, too, who suggested it was the biggest difference between Warburton and Steve McClaren, as well as revealing his joy at playing in such a way.

In the main performances and results have improved since the last campaign, so far, but it has come at a cost to the defence, and last time out it was the passing style which ended up with Nahki Wells gifting Middlesbrough an equaliser.

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Despite the mistakes, Warburton is adamant that his style is the way to go, but his confidence is a little misplaced when one considers the quality of the players at his disposal.

Eze’s pass accuracy of 87% makes him the only player worthy of praise in that area, with the vast majority of players achieving a success rate of 80% or below.

That is concerning for a team which bases their game on passing, so it is little surprise that individual mistakes have cost goals recently, and therefore Warburton ought to consider mixing things up a little – at least until players with more quality are brought in.

Is Mark Warburton's entertaining style a recipe for success?

Yes

Yes

No, the defence is not good enough

No, the defence is not good enough

The weakness in the side is particularly prevalent in defence, with wing-backs Ryan Manning and Todd Kane manging 71% and 66% pass accuracy respectively, with the two goalkeepers achieving a similar level also.

QPR could benefit from more direct play out of the back, while still maintaining a passing style in safer areas of the pitch, though if Warburton is correct that mistakes lead to improvement, his team could put the lapses in concentration behind them.

Article title: QPR’s playing personnel must improve in quality to meet Mark Warburton’s demands

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