Queens Park Rangers completed the £10million signing of Sandro from Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day.
It was a smart piece of business from QPR boss Harry Redknapp, who has made a habit of such things, and some are even going so far as to say it was, pound-for-pound, the most astute piece of transfer business carried out on a day when craziness often prevails.
In the latest in our series on the numbers behind a player’s career to date, we take a closer look at the new QPR midfielder.
2 – The number of major club honours Sandro has won to date. The midfielder won both the Copa Sudamericana and the Copa Libertadores while at former club Sport Club Internacional.
170 – The number of senior club appearances the new QPR player has made so far. He featured 64 times for Sport Club Internacional and 106 times for Tottenhham.
7 – The number of club goals Sandro has scored to date. The Brazilian international has not been signed for his prowess in front of goal. Instead he is there to break up the play and act as a midfield enforcer. However he has been known to score a few goals down the years, with four coming in his homeland and three during his time at Spurs.
7 – The number of assist the player has to date. Just as with his goal-scoring, he will sporadically pop up with an assist and they could still prove for vital for QPR this season.
0 – The number of times Sandro has been sent off in his club career. That is a quite outstanding feat considering his position on the pitch and the fact that he is approaching 200 appearances. His disciplinary record of just one of the reasons Redknapp will have wanted him at the club.
40 – The number of times the QPR man has been booked in his club career. Again, this is a fine record, the player averaging a booking once every 4.25 matches.
17 – The number of times Sandro has been capped by his country. He made his senior debut for Brazil in September 2009. He also represented Brazil’s under-23 side seven times and their under-20 side on eight occasions.
Verdict – There is absolutely no doubt that Sandro’s arrival at Loftus Road is an outstanding piece of business from a manager who knows him very well. The Brazilian was a fan favourite at White Hart Lane and has the talent and the drive to become a crucial part of QPR’s team, not just this season but for the long-term. While £10million may be a lot of money, it was very well spent on this occasion.
All stats courtesy of transfermarkt.com