Queens Park Rangers supporters have been very despondent in recent times after seeing their team suffer a seventh Championship defeat of the season at the weekend.
Steve McClaren’s men went into their encounter with Blackburn Rovers off the back of a five-match unbeaten run in the league, with their four wins and a draw moving them right into play-off contention. Yet the Londoners slipped to 11th place in the table on Saturday as a Bradley Dack penalty three minutes from time was enough to seal a 1-0 win for Tony Mowbray’s Rovers, leaving QPR three points adrift of the top six.
As such, there have been many disappointed Hoops fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for even more from their side as the season wears on given they made some very shrewd signings late on in the summer window.
And many felt that the addition of striker Conor Washington from Peterborough United back in 2016 was something of a transfer coup from the Championship side, as QPR sought to replace the void left by Charlie Austin’s departure a matter of days earlier.
But with Washington now playing his football at Sheffield United, it’s plainly obvious that the heralded transfer coup simply didn’t work out at all well for the Hoops.
It cost Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink’s QPR £2.97 million (as per Transfermarkt) to lure Washington away from London Road little over two years ago, what with the striker seriously impressing during his time at Posh in netting 33 goals in just 94 games for the League One side.
Yet it was QPR who fended off the interest to lure the Northern Ireland international to Loftus Road, only for the forward to fail to net at all in his 15 appearances in the second half of the 2015/16 campaign – clearly, the immediate step-up to the second tier proved problematic for Washington.
And the striker didn’t exactly adapt fully to the Championship throughout his time at QPR either given he failed to reach ten goals in either of his two full seasons at the club, with his tally of seven in the 2016/17 campaign to closest he got.
And for a signing that was heralded as a coup back in 2016, and cost a reasonably hefty sum of money for someone in the third tier, QPR supporters would have been expecting and indeed demanding a lot more from the 26-year-old, who has since left the club for Sheffield United after his contract was terminated at the end of August.
As such, given there was much anticipation around the £2.97 million deal, there is no doubting that it was a Hasselbaink coup that proved to be a complete disaster.
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