QPR star makes frank admission over worrying state of squad

Joey Barton has admitted that the Queens Park Rangers squad is in a worrying state.

The West London club sit in the relegation places of the Premier League after 30 games, and Joey Barton has told the London Evening Standard that they are the worst team in the league.

The volatile midfielder is often open with his opinions, and this latest one will do little to ease the fears that the R’s will be relegated at the end of the season.

Three points clear of bottom-placed Leicester City, Chris Ramsey’s men have eight games to attempt to leapfrog Burnley and Sunderland in the spots above them.

On current form that looks incredibly unlikely, with the Clarets most likely to move out of the bottom three and stay in the top flight. N

ew Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat will look to have a positive impact at the Stadium of Light, and the R’s look set to suffer their second relegation in three years.

Despite having an extremely large wage bill and a number of well-known names in their squad, the battle was always going to be on QPR to stay in the top flight.

QPR hardly set the Championship alight last term, and they won promotion through the play-offs, winning in a final that they really ought to have lost.

Being promoted via the play-offs generally means that you are the weakest team in the division, and Joey Barton has told the Standard that the R’s are most certainly the weakest team in the Premier League.

The once-capped England international said: “It is difficult for me to get away from the blatantly obvious facts.

"Those facts being, realistically, statistically, we are the worst team in the league. Finishing fourth in the Championship last season, scraping up via the play-offs says that.”

They might have a squad with more famous names than Leicester and Burnley, but if things keep going as they are, it would come as no surprise to see the West London club sitting below the unfancied duo at the end of the campaign.

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