Is Samba the answer?
One of the biggest and most talked-about signings of the January transfer window was Queens Park Ranger’s signing of Christopher Samba. The Congolese centre back will add some much-needed strength to the back four after Ryan Nelson’s departure. Not only was there a significant fee paid to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala - £12.5 million - Samba’s deal is also rumoured to be worth £100,000 a week.
February 18th, 2013
The former Blackburn Rovers centre-back only left the Premier League a year ago to join the Russian side which is managed by Guus Hiddink. His spell away fromEnglandwas considered a success by many but his desire to return to the Premier League and to be with his family proved to be too big a draw. Despite the fee, QPR manager Harry Redknapp has bought a proven player who is adjusted to the league and will hit the ground running.
It is impossible to avoid the fact that Samba is a giant of a man. Standing at 6’4” his five-and-a-half year spell at Blackburn won him many fans. He is exceptionally good in the air, tremendously strong and is surprisingly good with the ball at his feet. Not only will he boost the team physically, he will also add some much needed leadership to the side. However, is another centre-back exactly what the club needed at the time? Earlier in January the club completed the signing of Loic Remy from Marseille who has been bought to score the goals needed to maintain their Premier League status. Remy scored on his debut and certainly looks like justifying his price tag – but a recent injury has kept him out of the last two games.
Despite the fact that the club currently has six forwards, another one could and probably should have been the aim. Ever since Julio Cesar has regained the number one shirt, the defence has been markedly better. The club have kept four clean sheets since the turn of the year and they have looked much more of a unit than earlier in the season. Whilst Samba’s arrival will only help the side improve, the money spent on him could have been used to bring in another attacking player.
When looking at the current squad there appears to be a distinct lack of creative players. Whilst Taarabt has established himself as the number one choice in terms of creativity he is sometimes capable of disappearing during games, and at this stage of the season it’s something QPR can simply not afford to let him do.
Whether the Samba signing was correct or not, the transfer window has been and gone. Harry Redknapp must now work with the squad he has at his disposal and attempt to claw back the seven points they require to escape the relegation zone. It is unlikely that they will get anything against Manchester United this weekend but they have to get results against their nearest rivals and the following eight games will decide their fate.