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QPR defensive depth must delight Steve McClaren

When QPR slumped to a 7-1 loss to West Brom in August, they had hit rock bottom at such an early stage in the season. 

Steve McClaren must have been despairing at that point, as he looked to his defenders with no hope. Less than two months on, and his problems don’t seem half as severe.

If anything, the QPR boss would look at his side now and have a headache as to who he starts at centre back. Over the past three games in all competitions, QPR have tried three different defensive combinations, admittedly with varying success.

It looks as though Joel Lynch will now be a mainstay in McClaren’s defence. But the space to partner him is definitely up for grabs. After a shakey start to his season, the German Toni Leistner had a good game midweek against Reading, even bagging a goal.

Elsewhere, Alex Baptiste has been a consistent performer throughout the season for The Rs regardless of where he has been asked to play. But it is the return of Grant Hall from a long term injury that suddenly makes the defence look very respectable.

Although Hall will not be rushed back into consistent football, McClaren has a lot to look forward to when he is completely match fit.

If the former England boss wants to be experimental, he could even look to loan signing Geoff Cameron to slot in in the defence, something he has done in the past. However, that does not look like it would be necessary given the current state of his team.

This only goes to show how circumstances in football can change very quickly indeed.

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