It looked like being another dreary day for QPR when they went two down to Hull last time out but they turned it round and emerged from the clash with a respectable point – a result the fans certainly deserved.
Of course, the fact that the R’s still conceded two goals for the second game in a row – they haven’t kept a clean sheet and won since the end of February, versus Leeds – proves there is still a lot of work to be done in defence.
One youngster who will be hoping he can plug some gaps in years to come is Themis Kefalas – an up and coming Hoops centre-back impressing in the academy.
The 18-year-old, who has been featuring for the Under-23’s, was in focus on QPR’s official website this week and had this to say:
“I look at their [Premier League defenders’] defending style, their passes forward, how they defend, how close or far away they are from their centre-back partner and from the attackers. I definitely watch differently now.
“[I want to] train with the first team more next year.”
When asked whether he would like to go out on loan to get some regular first team minutes under his belt, the 6 ft 2 starlet replied:
“Why not? To play with men would be good. I want to be ready for the [QPR] first team in two years’ time.”
With the Hoops’ defence not getting any younger, the Greek’s targets seem pretty realistic but the first step is to ensure he has some experience playing in the leagues – the transition is far easier and very few of the best players make the grade without going out on loan first.
Watch the video below to see the most insane overhead kick you will see this week…
If the R’s poor defensive record continues, though, Steve McClaren may call on Kefalas sooner than expected – can the Loftus Road outfit afford to let anyone out on loan while these struggles are ongoing?