The signing QPR must make if they want to stay up

Christopher Samba

Queens Park Rangers have been linked with a last minute move to sign Christopher Samba from Anzhi. He would be ideal for the QPR back four.

Make what you will of Harry Redknapp’s behaviour each transfer window but there is no doubt that he knows how to spot a good player and knows how to get that player into his club.

The latest piece of speculation relating to QPR is that Chris Samba could be walking through the main entrance of Loftus Road before the close of play on Thursday.

The 28-year-old is thought to be keen on a return to English football from his current Russian side Anzhi. Samba had a long spell with Blackburn Rovers before they were relegated from the Premier League.

Here are several reasons Samba is an ideal signing for QPR with the obvious one being he is a natural leader and a no nonsense centre back.

QPR need a player in the heart of their defence who will be willing to bully opposition strikers and throw out a few verbals to other defenders not pulling their weight throughout a game.

He is never going to be the quickest or the most agile defender in the world but that’s not why QPR seem to be interested in him. He would be great for the club simply in terms of knowing how to immediately release the pressure on his side.

He also has plenty of experience of playing in the Premier League from his Blackburn days which eradicates the need for any settling in period. Redknapp can get him in and throw him straight into the deep end.

There’s no doubt that QPR need a change and the chance they might concede fewer goals will naturally give them a better chance of staying in the top flight of English football.

Samba is also going to be vital in terms of an aerial defender. There are several clubs in the Premier League who will assault QPR with long balls, crosses and corners. Samba’s height naturally gives him an advantage here that QPR don’t already have.

This is also going to come in handy at the other end of the pitch when QPR are trying to snatch vital goals from set pieces. Samba showed during his time at Blackburn that he can make clever runs for set pieces to get on the end of good deliveries.

It just seems to be a move which makes sense for all parties. Samba gets the chance to move away from the hostility of Russian football and QPR get a very decent defender.

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