Hughes finally has his own squad
When you examine the QPR squad more closely it will be very interesting to see how they fair this season. The squad Hughes has assembled should be challenging for a top half finish with the quality he has added this summer.
August 14th, 2012
It has been a busy summer for Queens Park Rangers but Mark Hughes seems to have finally got his own squad of players together. Having taken over from Neil Warnock in early 2012 the club look set to compete at a higher level than they did last season. It is always tough to inherit someone else’s squad when you take over at a new club and the close season was desperately needed for Hughes.
There were several new faces brought in once Hughes had taken over in January but he particularly is a manager who believes in players that he trusts. It is not merely coincidence that he has brought in players from Blackburn Rovers, Fulham and Manchester City where he has managed previously. Indeed this summer he has added Junior Hoilett and Ryan Nelson who he managed at Blackburn, Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora from Fulham and Nedum Onuoha from Manchester City. Whilst Hughes has become somewhat synonymous with playing a physical game he certainly appears to trust specific players to do the jobs required.
The key signing this summer should be Park Ji-Sung from Manchester United who represents rather a coup for Hughes. There was no accident that in almost every big European game Manchester United have had in recent years Park has started. His energetic and skilful performances won over many fans and the Old Trafford faithful were sad to see him move on. However, at this stage of his career he needs to be playing first team football and epitomises what Hughes expects from his players. The addition of Fabio Da Silva will be fascinating to see too, if he can maintain his fitness levels.
When you examine the QPR squad more closely it will be very interesting to see how they fair this season. The squad Hughes has assembled should be challenging for a top half finish with the quality he has added this summer. One of the other major deals of the summer was signing Junior Hoilett on a free from Blackburn. A player who impressed last season for a struggling side should now go on and impress again at his new club. With Cisse and Zamora likely to be the starting strikers there should be plenty of pace and power for Hoilett to supply the ammunition for.
Following Hughes’ surprise resignation from Fulham where he questioned the owner’s aspirations he must be relieved that he has been backed in the transfer window. Although of course this could now be a poisoned chalice as he now has no excuses for not succeeding. He has spent a decent amount of money in less than a year and has almost completely overhauled the team. There is genuine quality in it now and there should be no excuses for failure in his first full season. In a Premier League that now sees many sides fighting for their lives from the outset QPR should now be looking at securing a top half finish. Hughes has been given what he wanted and now it is time to deliver.
Written by Andy Hunter.