Former Spurs star ponders ‘confusing’ treatment by Redknapp at QPR

Jermaine Jenas

Jenas wants to hold down a regular starting spot after frustrating spell on sidelines.

Jermaine Jenas has revealed that his bit-part role at QPR this season has been ‘confusing’ – but has vowed to fight for a starting spot.

Jenas has had a limited impact at Loftus Road this campaign, with manager Harry Redknapp choosing to field the likes of Joey Barton, Alejandro Faurlin, Karl Henry and Tom Carroll ahead of him in central midfield.

Two years ago, Jenas helped Redknapp’s Tottenham Hotspur reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and a glamour clash against Real Madrid.

But he has endured a frustrating spell at QPR, with only injuries to Carroll and Faurlin putting him back in the first-team picture.

“I always thought that I should have been in the team, as Tom [Carroll] and Ale [Faurlin] would as well,” Jenas told the Brent & Kilburn Times. “I back my own ability, but sometimes the manager’s decisions are different.

“It was very confusing at times. I played in the quarter-final of the Champions League for Harry. I think I started every game for him in the Champions League, barring one or two.

“We were getting the results and that’s the main thing. It’s not about individuals, we want to win the league and we want to win games.

“I did have my frustrated days, but the lads were great around me. We have a big squad and there are players to come back.

“I have had to wait patiently and I’ve been very frustrated at not playing. But we have a big squad of players and it’s a long season, so I just kept training hard and got my chance against Wigan due to Joey being suspended, and I played well enough to keep my position in the team for the weekend. I got my goal and I was pleased with my performance.”

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