We take a look at the five QPR players who stood out this season.
I have never thought of five as being a considerable amount before. But that was until I began to consider the five best performers for QPR this season. That was when I realised five is a lot!
Harry Redknapp’s side have had something of an annus horribilis, and picking the men worthy of praise in its aftermath was not an easy task. But I have tried. So here goes…
This was the shoe-in, the certainty, the name that nearly prompted me to change the title of this piece to “Queens Park Rangers’ one best player of the season”. And while being both grammatically incorrect and the prelude to a very short article, the truth is Hill is the only player I am certain deserves his place here.
The fans seem to agree, having voted him their Player of the Year; in turn the players voted for the fans – all of them – but they don’t make it on to this list…although they weren’t far off.
The 34-year-old defender is vital to the club’s upcoming Championship campaign. He may be 34, but he is also one of the few players with the honesty and commitment needed should the ethos of individuality be lost in favour of some much-needed team spirit.
Since arriving on loan in January, the Tottenham winger has been great for Redknapp’s side. Relishing the first team opportunities not yet available at White Hart Lane, Townsend has been the one glimmer of light in an otherwise storm-laden campaign. Two goals, one assist and three man-of-the-match performances in 12 appearances speaks for itself.
Redknapp believes the winger is destined for great things; and is unlikely to even try to take him back next season. Should he manage it, it would be excellent business. But the player’s fine form surely means any future loan move will be to a top flight club.
Yes he arrived for big money. And yes he is surely on his way again this summer. But there is no doubting Remy’s goal-scoring ability, as six goals in 14 appearances testify. His strike against Wigan alone spoke of a supremely-gifted forward. And although his signing didn’t do what it was supposed to, he certainly added some sparkle to an otherwise torpid frontline.
Having been linked with a move to England during countless transfer windows, at least he got to show that he was more than a headline name in the rumour mill. It is just a shame he won’t be a QPR player much longer. Just imagine what he could do in the Championship.
Apparently the Moroccan midfielder is an excellent footballer. Apparently he is one of those innately talented ones who can do things with the ball others can only dream of. And he certainly can, in the Championship, which is where he finds himself once more.
But while we are yet to see more than sporadic glimpses of the 23-year-old’s ability in the top flight, his season hasn’t been appalling, and I am at the point where “not appalling” is good enough to get you on this list.
Five goals, four assists and two man-of-the-match performances this season show that Taarabt at least tried to raise both his game and those of his peers. When it didn’t work, he decided club fines were easier to accrue than Premier League points.
Despite playing half the season for another club, Faurlin is on this list for two reasons. Firstly no one else was good enough. And secondly, despite not being in Redknapp’s long-term plans, the Argentinian has shown enough in his time at Loftus Road to suggest he would have brought some much needed steel to their survival push.
Perhaps that wasn’t evident in the 10 league appearances he did make prior to his January move to Palermo. But in the previous three seasons he made 98 appearances for the Hoops, and was integral to their successful Championship campaign in 2011.
He may not have been in the manager’s long-term plans, but given the circumstances, those plans may have just changed.
Do you agree with our choices? If not, who deserves a place instead of the players above?
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