Steven Caulker could turn out to be the signing of the season

Steven Caulker

Queens Park Rangers have signed Steven Caulker from Cardiff City and it could turn out to be one of the best signings in the Premier League.

The summer transfer window has been dominated by big name, and big money signings in the Premier League. We have seen Chelsea splash the cash on Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, and Filipe Luis. Arsenal have bought Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United brought in Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.

However Queens Park Rangers latest signing may turn out to be one of the most impressive. Arriving from Cardiff City for a fee believed to be in the region of £8.5 million, Harry Redknapp has secured an astute signing for the club. Caulker was a shining light for Cardiff despite their relegation last season, and was instantly linked with a move back to the Premier League.

QPR have won the race for his signature and he will now line up next to Rio Ferdinand in the heart of defence. Caulker will benefit a great deal from lining up alongside the former Manchester United and England captain. The 22-year-old has made 82 appearances in the last three seasons in the top flight and last year was an ever present for Cardiff so he already has a decent amount of experience for his age.

Playing alongside someone who has been there and won it all will allow him to improve even further, and his valuation will rise even higher. This summer has seen a lot of players move for inflated transfer fees with Luke Shaw being the prime example of that, and Leonardo Ulloa costing Leicester City a potential £10 million despite never actually playing in the top flight.

At 22, Caulker has his best years ahead of him and looks certain to add to his solitary England cap. QPR have got a good deal for him and their defence looks very strong now with Richard Dunne and Clint Hill adding some experienced depth to the backline also.

 

  TeamWon TackleInterception WonGoals ConcededTotal ClearanceAerial WonAccurate PassApps
Steven Caulker Cardiff 31 47 74 327 144 987 38

Caulker made on average 26 accurate passes per game last season, which shows he isn't they type of defender who just looks to clear the ball away and out of danger. Instead he looks for a teammate to play to and his total clearances are much less than his accurate passes.

Harry Redknapp was delighted to have been reunited with Caulker having managed him at Tottenham Hotspur. Speaking to the QPR website he said "He’s young and he’s a good age. He’s already a fine player but he has so much more potential. It’s a really excellent signing for the club."

When good players like Steven become available, who can come in and have a real impact, you’ve got to try and get them."

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