Speaking to the London Evening Standard, central defender Caulker has admitted that there was one key influence behind his move to QPR.
The 23-year-old English international moved to Loftus Road in the summer, signing from recently relegated Cardiff City. Highly rated despite the Welsh club going down, the former Tottenham Hotspur trainee was considered a transfer target for many Premier League clubs.
However, the once-capped defender chose to move to QPR, and he has been a key player for the relegation strugglers. He has made 27 appearances in all competitions for Chris Ramsey’s men, and has been winning plaudits despite the R’s incredibly bad defensive record.
It was a surprise to see Caulker choose the move to QPR considering some of the reputed clubs that were looking to sign him. The Guardian claimed interest from former club Spurs, whilst the Mirror suggested Liverpool and Crystal Palace were in talks with him.
Considering QPR had only just won promotion themselves, it was strange to see Caulker swap one battle against the drop for another, but he has told the London Evening Standard that there was one influence behind his transfer to West London - Rio Ferdinand.
“There were talks with Palace,” Caulker confirmed. “But I spoke to Rio [Ferdinand] before I came and QPR was a club I watched growing up as a kid. The influence of Rio and Richard [Dunne] made me think I could learn from them.”
Considering Ferdinand has been in-and-out of the side this season, one would hope that Caulker has been learning from him off the field, rather than from the poor performances he has been showing on it.