Is QPR's Armand Traore the Championship’s biggest waste of money this season?

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Queens Park Rangers full-back Armand Traore hasn’t featured at all this season.

Queens park Rangers are still suffering from their financial gamble to survive in the Premier League three years ago, with Armand Traore a telling example of complete mismanagement.

The 26-year-old came through the Arsenal youth ranks and had spells on loan at Portsmouth and Juventus before joining QPR on a three-year deal in the summer of 2011.

It is not that he was a particularly bad player, but he was a relatively unknown arriving from a fellow Premier League club and that is where the Loftus Road club made ill-fated presumptions.

According to a recent article published by Get West London Sport, Traore is currently being paid £25,000 per week - the sort of wage you could be expected to pay a decent Premier League-rated full-back.

Traore, however, did little to impress in the top flight and despite the club’s alleged intentions to sell him upon relegation, nobody has been willing to take him on...and why would they on such a salary?

The former Arsenal man has not featured in a single Championship game this season, with Rs boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink preferring Paul Konchesky and James Perch in the full-back slots.

You could perhaps question why Derby County broke their transfer record for Bradley Johnson or whether Middlesbrough were right to pay big for Jordan Rhodes, but at least these players are top Championship quality and currently feature for two promotion-chasing sides.

Traore, on the other hand, fits in neither category.

There simply are not many players in the Championship earning such a hefty wage, let alone one who has not even made a single appearance this season and that epitomises QPR’s recent position.

The West London club need to clear the decks in the summer, and on a slight positive note they will no longer have to pay Traore’s wages as the player is set to leave following the expiration of his contract.

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