QPR’s relegation looks almost certain, and it would not be surprising to see the club already planning for a season in the Championship.
Regardless, one would hope that the West London club fight until the end to secure their top flight survival, and Chris Ramsey has eight games left to keep the club in the Premier League.
The R’s sit four points from safety, and their squad does not look cut out to fight off relegation, but there are three changes that Ramsey could make following the international break to give the club some renewed hope.
Drop the youth players
Ramsey has brought youth players such as Reece Grego-Cox and Darnell Furlong into the first-team in recent weeks, and whilst it is an honourable act to bring youngsters through, they are not suited to a relegation battle. The pressures of fighting for survival are too heavy for any young player to take, and it could do much more harm than good if the R’s keep facing loss after loss. For the sake of their future careers, the experienced players should be brought back to the side, even if it does end in relegation.
Focus upon defence
The R’s have the worst defence in the entire Premier League, and it is well known that not conceding goals is more important than scoring them - high conceding teams are relegated more frequently than low scoring ones. In Charlie Austin, the club have a recognised goalscorer to finish chances, and so Ramsey should be focusing on preventing goals against rather than scoring them. Rob Green has played a key role in keeping the goals down, and if the defence in front of him prevented as many chances against, QPR may just have a chance in staying in the top flight.
Focus on winnable games
QPR have a tough run of games coming up, with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all facing the West London club before the end of the season. It could be said that these are automatic losses, meaning that the club need to pick up maximum points from their remaining games. To do such a thing, Ramsey should be planning for those games, rather than planning to defeat the big sides. Games against Aston Villa, Leicester and Newcastle are winnable, and the head coach should willingly rest players for the big games to ensure his best squad is match fit for the ties that could see QPR remain in the Premier League.