QPR are in real trouble at the moment. They currently sit at the bottom of the Premier League with four points, having scored only four goals while conceding 15 in seven games. The international break will give them a chance to find their feet and perhaps get back on track to achieve their target of avoiding relegation.
But what if they still struggle to find the goals come January? Here are FIVE striker options we think could solve QPR’s goal scoring problem.
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Peter Crouch was a summer transfer target for QPR and could remain a target in January if the R’s struggle to find the goals needed. The Englishman has played under QPR manager Harry Redknapp before at Southampton, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur, and this would also be Crouch’s second spell at the London side as well. Crouch has two goals from seven games so far this season and is known for his strong presence in aerial duels, making him a useful tool. His age (33) may only make him a temporary solution, but with a market value of around £1.75m he might be a good option.
The 26 year old is current at Championship side Norwich but is yet to feature for them this season. During his time with the Canaries last season in the Premier League, Hooper only scored six goals from 32 league games, however he was prolific during his time at Celtic, 82 goals from 138 appearances. Redknapp could turn to him and attempt to pull out the form he showed north or the border.
The Englishman is currently out with an ankle injury he picked up during the pre-season and is yet to feature in the league for his current side West Ham this term. The Hammers seem to be coping without him as they currently sit in 7th in the league with Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho finding the net four times already in five games. This could mean that Carroll is now surplus to requirements, allowing a move across London to QPR. His transfer market value is around £8.8m.
The 23 year old is currently at Liverpool but has only featured in two of their league games so far this season. Liverpool are likely to want to hang onto the rights of the Italian until the end of his contract in the summer of 2017 unless the offer is right. Therefore, a loan move to QPR for the remainder of the season might be more viable. Last season whilst on loan at Sunderland, Borini quickly became a fan favourite, scoring seven goals in 32 league appearances – four of those goals coming in the last five games of the season. His transfer market value is around £7.5m.
Andre Ayew is in his final year of his contract at current French Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille and was close to a move to The R’s last summer. The 24 year old Ghanaian has an impressive goal scoring record in France, on average, scoring a goal every four games for the club. So far this season, he has scored two goals and earned two assists from nine league games. A move to QPR would see him link up again with Englishman Joey Barton, who went on loan to Marseille back in the 2012-2013 season. The goals Ayew can produce could be a huge boost towards QPR’s Premier League survival chances and solve their attacking problems. His current transfer market value is £11m.