Harry Redknapp’s QPR are struggling to hit any sort of form in the Premiership this season and the manager has publicly slammed his team for being unfit and not putting up enough of a fight to avoid defeat.
Adel Taarabt is the biggest culprit at Loftus Road currently, with no proper interest in the Moroccan over this summer’s transfer window – AC Milan’s interest cooled after a loan spell last season. The midfielder has been heavily criticised by his manager for struggling to stay in shape after a troublesome period with an ankle injury which adds to Redknapp’s frustration as the player could have been playing a major part in the team and contributing to them trying to fight out of the relegation scrap that they are engaged in so early on into the season.
Taarabt is not the only player that seems to be struggling to find form and fitness for the Hoops however, after the defeat against West Ham last Sunday, Match Of The Day pundits were pointing that the lack of effort and even the lack of yellow cards accumulated by the team as an indicator that they are simply not getting stuck in to challenges enough and showing a lack of passion when it comes to winning the ball back from their opposition. This problem highlights how much trouble QPR are currently in when they have a full set of eleven players who are failing to commit to fighting for the ball and scrapping to win a game.
Does Harry’s explanation of fitness fit? Is his team that unfit at this stage of the season that they are struggling to play the full 90 minutes and provide any sort of test for opposing teams, making it easy to grab the three points from them? Redknapp explained in a post match interview that his last minute assembled squad had not had much of a pre-season together and were still to hit peak fitness and he has his hands tied in the matter, making it impossible to get the team gaining the results that are needed to avoid slipping further into trouble.
It looks like their performances on the pitch do match the reasons given by the gaffer, however another explanation could be the fact that he has simply lost the dressing room altogether and cannot motivate his players enough to want to win games for him. Or perhaps Redknapp himself has lost interest in the job and cannot find it within himself to provide his team with the required oomph and enthusiasm needed to stop giving away three points to anyone they play.
For those who have seen previous teams under Harry Redknapp’s management they will tell you that it is far from the case, he has always been a popular man with the teams he has been in charge of, with players normally wanting to play for him and give their all. He is a great motivator of players and an all round great person to be around, but he has to take some sort of blame for his player’s lack of fitness – as he calls it.
Whether or not they are unfit, lazy, unprofessional, simply not performing to standard or whatever it is that is going wrong with the QPR squad at present, the manager needs to take charge of the situation and control it. If indeed these players are lacking the right level of fitness, then training schedules need to be adjusted accordingly to ensure they are fit for the next game – which the international break will provide the perfect window of opportunity to do so.
If Redknapp cannot get this right, and quickly, then his team are set to fail and return to the Championship, which means he will not be signing a new contract and would walk away from the job as he stated himself publicly already.
If that is the case, maybe he should walk away now and let someone else step in who will be prepared to whip that team into shape and get them all committed to playing for QPR with some fight and passion which they so clearly lack right now.
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