Harry Redknapp hails 'fantastic' Richard Dunne - how must Rio Ferdinand feel?

The Queens Park Rangers boss is full of praise for the 35-year-old.

When Rio Ferdinand joined QPR this summer, big things were expected of the Champions League and Premier League winner.

The 36-year-old was past his prime - sure - but this was one of Manchester United and the top flight's greatest defenders. Even at this age, he would bring plenty of steel to a defence that simply needed to stay up, right?

Well, that turned out to be wrong. QPR executives had reportedly expressed reservations over the free agent's signing in the summer and, now, Ferdinand has been replaced by Richard Dunne in the R's first team after a poor run of form.

But Dunne, 35, has been superb - which raises a few questions about Ferdinand's displays. Is his age really a good enough reason or is he simply a unique case of a player that is no longer up to it?

QPR boss Harry Redknapp's singing of Dunne's praises certainly won't be helping Ferdinand's confidence...

“I took Dunney on a free when nobody wanted him last season in the Championship,” Redknapp told QPR's official website.

“When I picked him up he was out of work basically. He hadn’t played a game for Villa the year before through injury and we took a gamble on him.

“He came very much on an appearance related contract and he has been amazing. In the Play-Off Final at Wembley last year whenever the ball came near the goal Richard Dunne was heading and kicking it away.

“He did that again against Burnley. Since I brought him back into the side his performances have been fantastic."

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