Very few positives can be taken from QPR’s humiliating loss to Blackpool in the week, but there are some.
Other than the fact that manager Steve McClaren was clearly shown who not to pick again this season, he was boosted by one player putting their hand up for selection in future weeks.
Grant Hall, returning from injury and surgery dating back to February, was one of the few shining lights in The Rs’ performance. The former Tottenham man looked solid alongside Alex Baptitse in the centre of the defence, and has put his hand up for selection in the coming weeks.
While it may be too soon for Hall to make a return in the Championship, it certainly bodes well for McClaren’s men for the rest of the season.
QPR had a woeful start to their season, losing their opening four matches in the Championship. In those losses, the defence looked very weak, and some recruitments were desperately needed. Àngel Rangel came in at right back to add some solidity and experience, but the return of Hall (valued at £1.35m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) will be as good as a new signing.
QPR’s resurgence was halted slightly last weekend, as they succumbed to a defeat at the hands of Norwich at Loftus Road. They travel to Swansea tomorrow hoping to wrestle back the momentum that they were building prior to the loss. The return of Hall, alongside this new-found confidence that The Hoops now have, could turn them into a seriously threatening side this season, that are more than capable of climbing up the Championship table.
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