With the greatest of respect to Queens Park Rangers, they’ve been absent from the minds of football fans for some time now. However, things now seem to be on the up.
Having settled in and around the lower half of the table since their relegation in 2013, their failure to secure promotion hasn’t been for the want of trying.
A whole host of managers have been employed in an attempt to bounce themselves back to the Premier League – each as unsuccessful as the other.
Harry Redknapp could not rescue them from their misery; nor Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink or Ian Holloway; even proclaimed Championship specialist Neil Warnock was only in charge for 30 days before jumping ship and leaving fans wondering ‘what if’.
Now, it is Steve McClaren’s turn. And, to be fair, he’s making a good effort of it.
Despite their early blip QPR are now on a five-game unbeaten streak, playing some of the best-looking football, and making headway in the league because of it.
Of course, form can take a drastic turn in a matter of games so it’s essential that, for theirs to continue into the month of November, these two things must happen…
Forwards need to start firing
If QPR really want to make a convincing push into the playoff places they need their forwards to be more effective in front of goal.
There are currently three players leading the pack with three goals apiece, in Eberechi Eze, Luke Freeman, and Tomer Hemed.
Although this isn’t terrible by any means, it’s a long way off the standard you’d expect from a promotion side.
Indeed, it should be said that some teams, like Middlesborough, manage to scrape by with less goals because they have solid defensive units. But this isn’t the case for QPR who have one of the leakiest back-lines in the top half of the table.
Should QPR want to keep climbing up the table, it’s imperative that they address one of their two weaknesses…
Get Eberechi Eze on the ball as often as possible
Simple one: give the ball to one of your most creative and dynamic players.
Eze has really adapted well to Championship football following his move from Wycombe Wanderers earlier this year.
He’s quick, possesses good feet, makes darting runs at defenders to create space for his teammates, and is technically gifted.
The Standard have reported that numerous Premier League teams have their eyes on the player and it’s easy to see why.