Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Redknapp v Taarabt

 Once again QPR are making more headlines, but not for their performance on Sunday against Liverpool it's the off the antics that have put Rangers in the lime light. It was a better display against Liverpool but they showed naivety in somehow still losing the game in the 95th minute with a cruel own goal. The defeat leaves them bottom of the table, however all the talk is about a player who was not even in the squad and the manager.

 Harry Redknapp has used Adel Taarabt as a scapegoat to deflect the blame off himself on Rangers poor start. He has also used a load of excuses already this season ranging from, blaming pre-season (going to the wrong place) to players not being fit even though were in mid October and not having enough strikers. QPR have changed their tactics and formation through-out the season and he still does not know his best side but somehow that's not his fault.

 Redknapp has chosen to lash out on the Moroccan claiming that he is 3 stone overweight, not fit to train or even play football at the minute. Taarabt's attitude has not been the greatest at times but the player has hit back claiming Redknapp does not know what tactics he is playing, the coaches do love him and that he is not overweight and wants to play for the club. QPR supporters are split down the middle on the player who has had one hell of a career at Loftus Road. He came in on loan from Tottenham back in 2009 and simply was a star no fan can say he wasn't. His highlight came in 2011 when he captained the side to the Premier League. He has also scored some very special goals too, however he and Redknapp have never clicked.

 Taarabt's been sent out to Fulham and AC Milan on loan but in his mind he believes he should be at a Real Madrid or a PSG by now. He is a skilful player but maybe he has sent the bar a little too high. Harry Redknapp shooting him down is the most passionate I have seen him this season. He has had it quite easy at QPR from the moment he walked in the club. He doesn't really get blamed for the relegation, many fans feel Mark Hughes was the main reason. In the Championship QPR did what they had to do to get promotion and he has had every transfer window to do what he wanted. Now the pressure is on with his job coming under fire in recent weeks.

 The Aston Villa game now is a must win, after a decent performance against Liverpool, Rangers must take that momentum and energy levels in to that match. Especially with Chelsea and Manchester City on the way QPR can't afford to get cut a drift so early in the season. All the talk is of not what's happening on the pitch but the antics off it and shows again that at times its a circus at Loftus Road.

 The question is who will last longer at the club? Adel Taarabt won't be going anywhere until the transfer window opens and Harry Redknapp no matter what he says, his job is still under pressure as the likes of Pulis, Sherwood and Moyes are all out of work. Who will last longer and more importantly will QPR start to focus on a crunch game against Aston Villa next week?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Bottom of the table pressure....

 After the International break, the Premier League returns this weekend with a couple of key games near the foot of the table to look at. Bottom side QPR play Liverpool on Sunday, in what’s a must not lose game for Harry Redknapp, before we went into the break QPR lost at West Ham 2-0 in a poor performance which brought out more negative reaction from fans & even the chairman venting his frustration on Twitter.

 The fact is QPR fans can see similar signs to a couple of years ago when they went down, under Redknapp but it was the time Mark Hughes stayed in the job which cost them. He was sacked in late November which didn’t leave Rangers with enough time to really get out of trouble.

 So were in mid October now and Redknapp’s excuses have gone from ‘No Strikers’, to 'no players are fit’ also he had another classic, ‘they should not have gone to Ireland and Germany for pre-season’. QPR also have what seem to be the most first teams coaches in the league. The excuses are running out and with Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester City to play in the next few weeks, QPR are bottom and need a positive result fast as the dark clouds come over Loftus Road names such as Tim Sherwood and Tony Pulis are being mentioned in the rumour mill.

 Still without wins in the league are Newcastle and Burnley who both have home games this weekend. Sean Dyche job is much safer then Alan Pardew’s at this time. Burnley with 4 draws already this season will fancy their chances in getting something against West Ham.

 It’s a high pressure game at St James’ once again for Pardew, Leicester City know it will be a negative atmosphere on Saturday the longer it stays 0-0. The fans want Pardew out they also want Mike Ashley gone too. The negativity could work for this very organised team in Leicester come Saturday. The pressure of the bottom of the league may get to one chairman very soon to cut the cord.