Looking for chinks in the QP Armoury

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in Uncategorized | One Comment

Another year, another trailblazer. Cardiff City’s defeat against a wounded and angry Leicester City side has left Queen’s Park Rangers atop the pile. 3-0 wins over Middlesbrough and Ipswich send out a statement of intent and the chasing pack will already be nervous that one berth has already been reserved.

Capturing Adel Taarabt on a permanent deal was one of the canniest moves of the Summer, even if it remains surprising that other clubs failed to challenge Rangers for the Moroccan’s services. Last season, Neil Warnock injected impetus into a flailing club thanks to a few smeltings of his customary Sheffield steel – I saw them fall to Reading in bad tempered fashion in the Spring – a defeat that did little to mask an underlying upward trend.

Taarabt, probably the most skilled player in the division, has the sapphire to Shaun Derry’s steel. Derry may be in the twilight of his career but he’s an excellent midfield general. Jamie Mackie’s brace at Portman Road signal a new happiness in a man on returning to West London and a bench including Ákos Buzsáky, Mikele Leigertwood and Radek Černý is notable not only for arcane spellings. If the outfield XI suggests more roundheads than cavaliers, Warnock has the sideline armoury to change things.

So are there any chinks in this QP Armoury? The defence still looks prosaic, with that other diacriticker Kaspars Gorkšs a journeyman central defender at best, and nor should the Super Hoops rely on Leon Clarke or Heiðar Helguson for +20 goal campaigns; but other signings like Tommy Smith, Bradley Orr and Kyle Walker show the depth of talent along South Africa Road. Rangers have a tough match at the Walkers Stadium on Saurday – a win there and who would bet against them?

Rob Langham
Rob Langham (pen name: Lanterne Rouge) is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 47 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Football Attic, The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.

1 Comment

  1. Lloyd
    September 16, 2010

    A fantastic start indeed. Regarding the roundhead / cavalier thing, I'd argue that the R's possess enough grit, for sure.

    Kenny, Hill, Connolly, Gorkss, Derry, Faurlin and Mackie all like to get stuck in; against soft touches, then that's perfectly adequate. And I'm sure that Warnock will ensure that his team is physically prepared for your Barnsley and Coventrys.

    I'm just gutted that Warnock, Buzsáky and Mackie, who each enjoyed some happy times at Argyle, are seemingly taking another club to the bigtime.

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