Key Player: Adel Taarabt
In: Samba Diakite, Fabio Silva, Andrew Johnson, Ryan Nelsen, Ji-Sung Park, Robert Green, Junior Hoilett
Out: Akos Buzsaky, Paddy Kenny, Heidar Helguson
It’s pretty much a total rebuild at Loftus Road where Mark Hughes begins his first full season after coming on board last winter to just barely steer Rangers away from the drop. The transfer period has been active, but none of the additions yet alter the basic equation: QPR’s chance of doing more than merely surviving another season depend on Taarabt scoring consistently and forcing defenses to concentrate on him. He did that in flashes last season and his ability to create space with dangerous runs is clearly going to be a key to whatever the Hoops can conjure up front.
By adding Bobby Zamora to Heidar Helgusson and Jay Bothroyd, Hughes has some players for Taarabt to work off of, and also some strength up front to scavenge for rebounds. Goalkeeper Rob Green moves over from West Ham United, but it’s hard to call that an upgrade on Paddy Kenny, who was often very good a season ago. Veteran Ji-Sung Park is no longer a major force, but his addition from Manchester United should provide Hughes with a veteran to anchor midfield. At best, this is just the start of things at Loftus Road where last season accomplished little in terms of creating a side that can actually compete at the top level.