Every season Harry Redknapp seems to make the right signings but somehow the outcome is always the same.
This transfer window saw the him make some great additions to the Loftus Road outfit but I still have a bad feeling that they will end up back in Championship next season.
On transfer deadline day, Queens Park Rangers reunited two former Spurs boys Sandro and Niko Kranjcar, which in my opinion are great additions but I still can’t see it saving their season from relegation. Similarly to the last time the Hoops were in the Premiership, a squad bursting with talent couldn’t save them from an embarrassing relegation. Stephane Mbia, Chris Samba, Djibril Cisse… Surely enough arsenal to enable a decent run in the league, even mid-table obscurity would have been acceptable. Admittedly, though, Mark Hughes had left the club in a terrible state and low on morale after no wins and sitting rock bottom of the top-flight.
I was surprised that QPR managed to claw their way back to the top tier, with that much needed last minute goal from Bobby Zamora in the play-off final against Derby. Harry himself even admitted that if they hadn’t been promoted back at the first time of asking he would have considered quitting.
I’ve never been one to admire Redknapp’s tactical approach to the game but he has always seemed an effective man manager, getting the best out of the likes of Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale from his days at Tottenham to name a few. I’ve even heard him comically referred to as football’s ‘Mr. Motivator’ – definitely not a name I’d ever call him.
Now as much as I rate Redknapp and this array of talent he’s surrounded himself with – including the appointment of former England manager Glenn Hoddle – somehow they never pull together and make it happen. Two seasons ago when they were previously in the top flight they had great players, some of the world’s top stars, but there was no chemistry at all.
I’ve heard it said, from back in his Portsmouth days, that he keeps signing players until he runs the team bankrupt and into administration. He seems to be a good coach with money but otherwise it just doesn’t work out.
The West London club always seem to have stars in their side, such as Julio Cesar, Loic Remy and Adel Taarabt to name but a few. For me that is the one most significant criticism that instantly comes to mind as a reason why they constantly underachieve – the money.
The Premier League is synonymous with big wages that often attracts the game’s biggest stars. Just look at Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria going to Manchester United, despite the club not competing in the Champions League this season. Premiership teams have the bottomless purses to pay players ludicrous amounts of money just to secure their signature.
Just like other top-flight sides. QPR chairman Fernandes is synonymous with it and Redknapp loves it. He just buys to fill voids instead of setting up a strong foundation for the squad.
Last time my assessments of QPR’s Premier League adventure was cruel, but in this instance Redknapp, Hoddle and co. have a whole season to prove me wrong.
Let’s just see how they fare.