Mark Hughes said after the last game of last season, “I’ll never have a team in that position again!”
To be fair to him, when he took over, the side were 17th, and the difficult search to attract and make new signings in January was as frantic as you'd expect.
One of the players he did bring in was Samba Diakite on loan; and most QPR fans didn’t have a clue who he was.
He couldn’t play till the end of January either as he was on international duty with Mali at the 2012 African Nations Cup.
His QPR career didn’t get off to a great start when he finally made his debut; sent off after half an hour in the derby against Fulham for two bookable offences.
The thing was he should have been told to calm down; he wasn’t reckless it was more that he was trying too hard.
After he served his suspension he came back into the team and I have to say he looks a classy player. The one thing I’m looking forward to is him and Faurlin in midfield. They are both top class players without a shadow of a doubt.
He scored a superb winner at home to Arsenal, but due to illness towards the end of the season the tough tackling midfielder didn’t play as much as I or Mark Hughes would have liked. Despite only playing a handful of games it was obvious to one and all he was missed.
Yesterday came the news that he has signed for four years and I have to say it’s really cheered the Hoops fans up after hearing the shock news about Alan McDonald.
I can see Mark Hughes buying another three or four players but the thing I like about the players he’s getting in; they’re solid and proven performers.
The fee for Diakite is undisclosed but believed to be around £4 million pounds. At today’s prices that has to be considered a bargain.
The one good thing about next season is he knows about the Premier League now and won’t make the mistakes of last season.
Mark Hughes is starting to assemble a squad that will be hard to beat but most importantly he’s building a squad that won’t be fighting relegation.
I’m hoping a name you’ll hear a lot next season is Samba Diakite; a player that might just take the Premier League by storm; along with Faurlin.
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