Redknapp explains how Ferdinand is having an impact for QPR despite not playing

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QPR manager Harry Redknapp has commented on how Rio Ferdinand is having an impact for the side.

Harry Redknapp believes that Rio Ferdinand is setting an example at Queens Park Rangers, despite not being in the starting line-up at the moment.

The experienced centre-back has struggled to find any sort of form at Loftus Road since joining in the summer and has been consigned to the substitutes' bench in recent weeks.

Redknapp still feels that he is having an impact for the side, though, and says that he is particularly active in the touchline. 

“Rio (Ferdinand), when he didn’t play on Saturday, was stood alongside me in the dugout, shouting and as involved as much as I was with the game," he said to London24. "He wants us to win.

“That’s what you need. You don’t want someone with a face like thunder.”

Ferdinand has played just seven times since joining QPR on a free transfer this summer and has not been seen on the pitch since the start of October.

It has been a disappointing spell for the former Manchester United centre-back, who is playing in his final season before retiring. 

Ferdinand moved to the R's and was expected to become one of their key players, but things haven't worked out for him as he has shown too many signs of age.

The 36-year-old has looked off the pace and was part of a QPR defence who failed to provide a solid foundation for the team to build upon at the start of the season.

Since, Redknapp has dropped Ferdinand and the R's form has improved considerably, lifting them off the bottom of the table.

QPR face Swansea City tonight knowing that a win could lift them out of the drop-zone and Ferdinand will be hoping to guide them to the three points - whether he is on the pitch or not. 

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