When Rob Green was signed by QPR during this summer, it seemed he had been offered the lifeline his career so desperately needed. Green’s career took something of a nosedive following his solitary appearance at the 2010 World Cup which was best remembered for his howler that gifted the USA a goal and denied England three valuable points.
Things got little better the following season when he was part of a West Ham side that shipped goals in for fun and were subsequently relegated down to the Championship, resulting in Green’s England prospects being damaged a further blow. And then despite playing a part in West Ham’s immediate return to the Premier League last season, he was replaced as the Hammers number one keeper by Juusi Jaaskelainen this summer.
The QPR deal offered Green a reprieve and perhaps the opportunity to place himself back in the England frame, while once again gracing the top flight. Unfortunately, it hasn’t gone quite according to plan for Green, who had a disastrous afternoon during the 5-0 mauling by Swansea on the opening day of the season and the situation worsened further when less than a fortnight later Green was replaced as QPR’s first choice goalkeeper by Julio Cesar, who arrived from Inter Milan. Now news is circulating that QPR are prepared to offload Green already as he has become surplus to requirements at Loftus Road.
All in all it has developed into a nightmare for Green and if this story is true, and it seems plausible, then what options does Green have now? Firstly, he could fight for the chance to retain his number one jersey at QPR, but competing against a goalkeeper that has both quality and experience in abundance will be tough. Whilst his wish is no doubt to remain in the top flight, a catalogue of high profile errors in recent years, and an apparent lack of confidence may put teams off, especially considering the high wage demands.
Green is likely to be forced to accept vastly reduced wage levels whichever club he ends up playing for, not many clubs in the country have the finance to match QPR, so very few clubs would be willing to offer the same £50,000 a week contract he currently enjoys.
There is every chance that he could go the same way as another former England goalkeeper. Like Green, David James played his part at the 2010 World Cup, indeed it was James who replaced Green following his costly error. Yet James couldn’t land a Premier League contract once the World Cup was over and he ended up signing for Championship strugglers Bristol City before going on to League One side Bournemouth, where he plays today.
This shows that being a former England number one goalkeeper offers no guarantees of Premier League football, and this is something Green will have to bear in mind if he is forced to search for an alternative club. It is easy to feel sorry for Green based on his current predicament, being marooned at a club that wants rid of you can’t be a pleasant situation, and Green may have to accept playing Championship football once more if he is to prolong, and rectify, his faltering career.