Three young defenders QPR should target to complement Ferdinand et al

Queens Park Rangers look set to add Rio Ferdinand to their squad following their promotion to the Premier League but is a ageing defence a concern?

Ferdinand is expected to join QPR when he returns from Brazil, where he is working as a television pundit for the BBC, after he was released by Manchester United at the end of last season.

The move will see the 35-year-old play under Harry Redknapp once again and it was Redknapp who gave Ferdinand his debut in 1996 at West Ham United.

He will now add his vast experience to The R's backline which will undoubtedly be tested next season but there is perhaps too much emphasis on experience in the heart of defence.

Ferdinand would be the fourth centre-back over the age of 34 with Richard Dunne, Aaron Hughes and captain Clint Hill all ageing defenders already on the books at Loftus Road, and the lack of pace and energy at the back is certainly a concern.

Strikers such as Luis Suarez or Sergio Aguero will relish the opportunity to play against such a defensive partnership but Redknapp should look to secure at least one of these young defenders:

Steven Caulker

The Cardiff defender is expected to leave the club this summer and will likely remain in the Premier League after a successful campaign last year. 

QPR are one of many clubs reportedly tracking the former Spurs centre-back, and the 22-year-old would see plenty of first team action with a move to West London working under Redknapp once again as he did at Tottenham.

Harry Maguire

The 21-year-old defender has been a rock at the back for Sheffield United since making his debut in 2011 and is being monitored by a few Premier League sides after such commanding displays at the heart of the Blades defence have seen him named as the clubs Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons.

Phil Jagielka managed the same feat with Sheffield United before making the switch to Everton in 2007 and Maguire is certainly a player who could cope at the highest level and would add much needed youth to The R's backline.

Jamaal Lascelles

Lascelles is just 20-years-old but is an excellent defensive prospect and his pace at the back would accompany any of the current QPR defenders perfectly, as he would learn a lot about the game alongside them.

He was brilliant at the back for Nottingham Forest last season and scored against Rangers at Loftus Road in April.

Four veteran centre-halves should provide The R's with more than enough experience but the lack of youth and pace should be addressed with the addition of a promising centre-half in time for when the new season kicks off on August 16.

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