Jordan Cousins has hardly featured in his two years at QPR, but can prove a useful for the club in the centre of the park this season
Jordan Cousins has endured a more frustrating time than most at Queens Park Rangers in his 24 months at the club. Signed from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2016, Cousins has only accumulated 33 league appearances due to injuries, but if he can remain fit this season, boss QPR Steve McClaren will have an effective player on his hands.
Cousins has enjoyed a strong start to pre-season and looked particularly impressive in QPR’s 3-0 win over Barnet recently, offering plenty of food for thought for McClaren ahead of the new campaign. However, the central midfielder will need to prove his fitness and offer consistency before being considered for a regular starting berth.
Massimo Luongo was arguably QPR’s standout player last season, and with Josh Scowen performing more than admirably alongside him, it’ll be even more difficult for Cousins to impose himself in the centre of QPR’s midfield. With that said, Cousins arrived at Loftus Road with a glowing reputation.
The 24-year-old is typically a central midfielder and if McClaren can go about developing a new dimension or two to Cousins’ game, he’ll prove a very useful member of the squad. Granted, confidence might be an issue with Cousins in the early part of the season due to his lack of game time, but if the former England youth player keeps doing what he’s been doing so far in pre-season, he’ll be in with a shot.
Most in west London would agree that new additions all over the park are needed, but with the likes of Luongo, Scowen, Ryan Manning, Ebere Eze and Luke Freeman all playing in central or centrally advanced roles, midfield is an area where QPR looks strong. Nonetheless, from Cousins’ perspective, he’ll just need to focus on keeping fit and adding more consistency to his game.
If Cousins does this, he could prove vital to QPR in the new season.