Mauro Zarate still has plenty to prove in the Premier League.
He may have caught the eye in the top-flight with Birmingham City during a successful loan spell, but that was seven years ago.
West Ham United brought him back to England last summer in the hope of seeing him rekindle that spark, but Sam Allardyce has been less than impressed by the Argentine’s contribution.
England goalkeeper Rob Green is delighted to see a proven marksman join him at Loftus Road and hopes the 27-year-old sees the switch as an opportunity to silence some of his critics.
He told Sky Sports: “He’s scored goals wherever he’s been. He’s been on a lot of loans to various clubs so hopefully he’s seen this as an opportunity to get himself some time. If he gets time on the pitch, hopefully he’ll carry on scoring goals.
“He’ll add something different for us. We’ve got Bobby (Zamora) and Charlie (Austin) up front for us so hopefully he’s a bit more of a diminutive striker for us and gives us an option up front for coming on or starting the game in replacement of either of the two.”
Zarate, for all of his struggles at Upton Park, has netted twice in seven Premier League appearances this season.
That suggests that he could be a useful asset to QPR if they can get him regular minutes and playing with confidence.
He may, however, face further competition for places over the coming weeks, with Harry Redknapp believed to still be in the market for attacking additions.