It has been a tough start to life back in the Premier League for Queens Park Rangers. The Hoops currently sit just outside the relegation zone in 17th position after 15 matches, with survival being the only target this season. Their recent home form is what is keeping them just ahead of the bottom three, with three of their last four matches at Loftus Road having garnered maximum points. Inevitably, the real problem has been QPR’s abysmal record on the road.
They have lost all seven away matches so far, including 4-0 drubbings away to Tottenham and Man Utd. While they have had a tough start away from home, this kind of record must improve as soon as possible if QPR are going to be able to stay in the Premier League. But, with trips to Everton and Arsenal coming up over the Christmas period, that may be a big ask in the short-term.
The key man for the Super Hoops so far has been striker Charlie Austin. The 25-year-old has struck eight times in 14 league games so far – exactly half the club’s entire tally. Despite this being his first season in the top flight, he has taken to it extremely well, not looking out of place at all.
Austin has always been a natural goalscorer at every club he has been at during his career and his finishing capabilities have been on show for the whole world to see of late. His composure in front of goal has been superb and QPR will be desperate for him to continue this as he will surely be key to whether or not the club stay in the division this season.
Another marksman will probably be needed in January with Austin being the only real source for goals so far this season. Bobby Zamora has been used throughout the campaign, starting for around half his appearances. Whilst he is good at holding up play and being the provider to Austin, what QPR really need is another goalscoring option and Zamora isn’t the answer to that.
Eduardo Vargas can play in a forward position, and although he has chipped in with a couple of goals, QPR really needed more out of him at this stage.
QPR have spent a lot of money this season and in recent years. They should be performing a lot better considering the amount splashed, but something just doesn’t seem to be clicking. It is true that they have a lot of high earners who are perhaps not as committed to the club as they should be.
They certainly have a squad assembled that has the quality to survive in the Premier League, but what is obvious is the fact that they simply have to start picking up points on the road. With some solid form developing at home and a top striker in Austin, they should still be playing Premier League football this time next season.