QPR player ratings: Austin and keeper star, troubles for Ferdinand

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How do QPR’s players rate in their poor Premier League season?

Rob Green - 9

Has been the stalwart of a poor defence, and is the only reason QPR are still in with a chance of survival. Playing behind such a leaky defence has showcased Green’s shot-stopping ability, and the England man should be commended for his season.

  SavesCross Claims
Robert Green 109 45

Mauricio Isla - 7

Has failed to live up to his pre-arrival reputation, but has been a strong attacking and defensive threat on the right side of defence and midfield. No goals and two assists is a low tally for player of his ability, but he can be forgiven for playing in a side that are never dominating games.

Steven Caulker - 8

An unheralded hero, Caulker deserves a lot of praise after his summer signing. For two years he has been playing in relegation-threatened sides, but has shown his ability as a top level centre-half, who QPR will probably lose if relegated to the Championship.

  TacklesClearancesAerials Won
Steven Caulker 32 275 114

Richard Dunne - 7

Despite his advanced age, Dunne has been solid in the defence, and his experience has been vital. He probably does not have the ability to play on a weekly basis, but he has overcome obstacles to remain a consistent fixture in the defence.

Yun Suk-Young - 6

Has been solid, if very unspectacular this season. Offers no attacking threat, and a lack of real defensive ability. The left-back position is the weak point of the R’s squad.

Eduardo Vargas - 7

Like his national teammate Isla, Vargas has been a good player who has not lived up to his big reputation. Ranking high in key passes, dribbles and fouled stats, there is room for improvement for a player of his attacking style.

Karl Henry - 8

Another player who has not been receiving much praise this season is Karl Henry, a mainstay in the deep-lying midfield position. Heavily involved in defensive actions, he has been much more impressive than supposed ‘hard-man’ Joey Barton.

Joey Barton - 6

Puts in the occasional top level performance, but misses too many games and is too inconsistent to deserve a higher rating. His values to fight for the team do not match his ability, and that generally costs the R’s.

Leroy Fer - 8

One of the R’s players of the season, Fer has brought attacking intent and defensive solidity to a side generally lacking in both. Four goals and two assists prove his ability, and he ranks highly for attacking and defensive action - despite his attacking position. A valuable star who the R’s must keep hold of.

  Tackles per GameAerials Won per GameDribbles Won per GameKey Passes per GameShots per Game
Leroy Fer 2.125 2.3 2.9 1.7 1.9

Charlie Austin - 9

The star of the season, and QPR’s top scorer. 15 goals in a side fighting for relegation is impressive, and he will surely leave to stay in the Premier League if relegation occurs. Has a strong conversion rate, and a high work ethic that makes him a valuable commodity.

Bobby Zamora - 6

Unlike Austin, Zamora has shown he is not cut out for the Premier League. He has just two goals, and has failed to manage even one shot per game when played. Was vital in QPR’s promotion last season, but is too far off the pace now.

Notable Substitutes:

Rio Ferdinand - 4

A failure of massive proportions, Ferdinand has endured a torrid time at Loftus Road. Being signed as the experienced figure in the back-line, the England legend failed in a back-three and back-four, and is now no longer part of the first-team.

Clint Hill - 4

A fatality of the three-at-the-back system used at the start of the season, Hill struggled as both a left wing-back and on the side of the central three. Due to that failed experiment, Hill has made just 11 appearances this season.

Sandro - 6

Injury has done much to limit his campaign, but he never truly excelled following his signing for Tottenham Hotspur. Has 12 games to his name, and was a solid defensive presence in midfield, although he never completed more than one defensive action per game.

Junior Hoilett - 6

An untapped talent who has missed a lot of action. Provides a strong attacking and creative ability, although has little final product. Would be playing at a much higher level if he was able to produce on a more frequent basis.

Adel Taarabt - 5

Inconsistency and fitness issues mean that Taarabt is left with such a low rating, despite his clear talents. Has not scored or assisted a goal in seven games, but has been frequently involved in attacking play when selected.

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