After a trophy-laden 12-year spell at Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand departed Old Trafford for Queens Park Rangers back in the summer of 2014.
The newly-promoted side were in search of top-flight experience heading into 2014/15 Premier League season and got just that thanks to the arrival of Ferdinand, much to the delight of QPR supporters.
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The arrival of Ferdinand, however, was not enough to keep QPR in the Premier League with the west London club seeing relegation at the end of the season after finishing rock bottom of the table with 30 points.
All in all, Ferdinand failed to make the sort of impact that was expected of him and was reduced to featuring in just 11 league appearances.
And in those league appearances, the retired England international underwhelmed to say the least.
At 35 years of age, Ferdinand struggled to cope with the pace of games and was an easy target for any forward who had the speed to run in behind.
Given his experience and QPR’s new status as a Premier League outfit, it was not hard to see what manager at the time Harry Redknapp was thinking when he brought Ferdinand to Loftus Road.
In the end, though, it was a move that turned out to be disastrous for all parties involved.