After 15 games of the season, QPR sit bottom of the premier league. A change of manager has not changed their fortune. Here are a few reasons why this season could see QPR relegated from the premier league.
QPR have the joint second worst defence in the league
Conceding 27 goals in 15 games. Only Southampton have conceded more. One thing that QPR have lacked is a steady and settled back four. They have conceded sloppy goals and their work rate defensively is very poor.
Going forward QPR has a real problem
They are the league’s lowest scorers with 11. Injuries have slightly hampered them with Andy Johnson out for the season and Bobby Zamora out for several months. This just leaves the erratic Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie. QPR really lack a vocal point upfront. Behind the strikers they have good support in Adel Taarabt and Jamie Mackie but they will not get you 15 goals a season.
QPR’s form is a real problem
Not having won a game all season and have only picked up a point at home against the newly promoted clubs with defeats against Southampton and West Ham. A home draw with fellow strugglers Aston Villa plus a goalless draw in the week with Sunderland have not been the results Harry Redknapp would of wanted in his first games in charge. Confidence is low and a drastic turnaround is needed.
The January transfer window is a vital time for QPR
With Harry Redknapp in charge, his famous deadline dealings could save QPR. Redknapp will need backing by chairman Tony Fernandes because if QPR don’t invest, they have no chance. A goal scorer is vital as QPR desperately need someone to put the ball in the net. They have shown an interest in David Beckham but he will be more of a marketing tool as he is not the sort of player that QPR need to save them from relegation. Talks of Michael Dawson leaving Tottenham to join QPR will be a good addition and the sort of player QPR need.
Their next run of fixtures will be vital
First up is a massive game away to Wigan followed by a home game against Fulham. QPR must get a result in both of these games as although they face Newcastle away and West Brom at home, they then face Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham in quick succession. QPR need to start picking up wins at home to have any chance but they are still to face Manchester United, Man City and Arsenal, all at Loftus Road.
If Harry Redknapp keeps QPR in the premier league, it will be one of the finest things he has done in his managerial career.