Stats suggest QPR are right to keep Rio Ferdinand benched

Richard Dunne is being favoured to Rio Ferdinand at Queens Park Rangers, and his Premier League numbers suggest that is the right call.

Queens Park Rangers saw their capture of Rio Ferdinand in the summer of 2014 make plenty of positive headlines, and rightly so.

A man with 81 England caps to his name and a winner of 11 major honours during a successful 12-year stint at Manchester United had numerous options to consider after dropping into the free agent pool.

He may now fall into the ‘veteran’ bracket at 36 years of age, but the feeling was that he could still do a job in the Premier League and his vast experience was expected to be a priceless commodity for QPR.

Ferdinand has, however, become something of a forgotten figure at Loftus Road.

He has slipped out of Harry Redknapp’s starting plans, with another long-serving performer, Richard Dunne, favoured in his place.

Some may be surprised to see one of English football’s most decorated defenders picking splinters out of his backside on the bench in west London, but Opta statistics suggest that he has not done enough to earn a place.

  Total Tackle GAMEWon Tackle GAMEOutfielder Block GAMEDuel Won GAMETotal Clearance GAMEInterception GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Richard Dunne 2.77 2.15 1.54 6.77 10.46 2.23 13 1,113
Rio Ferdinand 2 1.75 0.75 4.13 7.38 1.63 8 720

Dunne has said of the competition between the pair: “The manager has signed players, but everyone is having their chance. It’s great to be given the chance to repay the manager's faith in me even though he has options, and to be kept in the team is really good."

The former Republic of Ireland international has been looking solid alongside Steven Caulker and helped to lift QPR out of the top-flight drop zone.

He should expect to keep his place for the foreseeable future as Redknapp will be reluctant to break up a partnership that he has worked so hard to forge.

Ferdinand, though, will offer quality cover if required and has offered no indication that he is about to start rocking the boat and question the logic of his boss.

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