Once again it looks like Queens Park Rangers are headed for the drop back down to the Championship.
At present, they’ve collected just 26 points from 33 games and are in 18th place. They are level on points with Burnley, but Sean Dyche’s men have a game in hand. In dead last is Leicester City, with one less point, yet two goals in hand. But, if QPR go down, will they struggle to come straight back up?
It’s becoming all too clear that Queen’s Park Rangers are not cut out for an elongated life in the Premier League. The story of this season is one the West London club know all too well. The yo-yo’ing the side are doing, in and out of the Championship, has been going on for the last four years.
Back in the 2010/11 season, QPR were promoted to the Premier League, but definitely struggled in their debut season in the top flight.
Queen’s Park Rangers finished that 2011/12 season in 17th – just one place from safety. They cut it fine as they ended the season with just a point separating them and Bolton Wanderers, who were relegated. It is always hard for newly promoted teams to stay up in the Premier League, so credit where it is due for the Hoops, but they did it by the skin of their teeth.
A year later, QPR weren’t so lucky. They found themselves back in the Championship after finishing rock bottom in the Premier League. Their Championship days were short lived though, as they made their way back to the top flight through the play-offs.
After bouncing in and out of the Premier League for the last few years, and toying with relegation once again, it looks like QPR’s days are numbered.
It’s becoming tiresome, if anything, to see a team make their way into the top flight and do so little with their opportunity. There is only so long that any side can play this game.
If they do face the drop, they should remain in the Championship for a good while: they cannot hack the pace of the Premier League.