New QPR signing Tomer Hemed got off to a dream start at Loftus Road this Saturday, securing his side’s first Championship win off the season, and proves that he could be invaluable to the club.
The Israeli striker’s acrobatic finish against Wigan was enough to secure three points for The Rs and reduce some of the pressure that was building on manager Steve McClaren. The 31-year-old has a proven track record in the Championship after two seasons with Brighton, and it already looks as though he may be able to recreate the magic he did between 2015 and 2017.
QPR are not by a long shot out of the woods from their poor form, in fact they’re still in the relegation zone, but Saturday provided a glimpse to fans of The Hoops of how their season may pan out, and it will surely please them.
Hemed (valued at £2.25m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) and newly signed partner Nahki Wells looked energetic throughout against Wigan. Although Wells didn’t have his greatest game, Hemed looked a real threat, passing and moving very well, linking the midfield and attack. QPR have looked very disjointed this season, with their attackers failing to make an impact on the game. Hemed’s presence looks to have remedied that problem.
McClaren may still try and do some business this transfer window, and that would be wise. However, it now looks as though they have done enough to make them competitive in the Championship, as opposed to their abject performances that would have disappointed fans so far this season.
Next up in the Championship is fellow strugglers Birmingham at St Andrew’s. At this stage in the season, this is a six point game, and if The Rs were able to pull off an away victory, it would surely boost their confidence to climb further and further up the table. With players like Hemed and Wells now in the side, that is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility.