Queens Park Rangers News: Grading the R's January Additions
With the January window officially slammed shut this evening, we can begin to look at how teams improved over the period.
Queens Park Rangers needed to strengthen the core of the squad, with holes that needed to be addressed before the all-important final stretch of the season.
Here are my grades for the new additions that will be taking the field at Loftus Road in the near future.
Cisse struggled in his time with Lazio this year, netting just one goal from his 18 appearances, but he is still a proven goal scorer.
In his two years with Greek side Panathinaikos from 2009-11, Cisse bagged an impressive 47 goals from 61 appearances.
One of the biggest problems for the Hoops this season has been the inability to convert chances, and R’s fans will be hoping that Cisse will help cure that ailment.
Nedum Onuoha makes the move down to West London leaving behind the oil-rich shores of Manchester, after failing to secure a regular spot in the first team for the citizens.
For a team that concedes an average of 1.7 goals per outing, Onuoha should help sure up a back four that has been prone to a defensive lapse on more than one occasion.
Plus, his relatively low fee of £3 million makes him a good-value pick up.
Taiwo joins QPR from Italian giants AC Milan on loan for the remainder of the current campaign.
The Nigerian left back only made the move to Milan in the summer from Marseille, but has struggled to find a spot in the first team.
Taiwo has only made eight appearances for Milan in all competitions this season, but he was a feature of the Marseille side during the 2010/11 season.
He has also made 48 appearances for his country.
Taiwo will be a welcome addition to a defense in need of upgrading, especially with the departure of Bradley Orr just before the window closed.
Plus, with a brilliant long-range shot and terrific dead-ball skills, Taiwo could become something of an x-factor for the Hoops for the rest of the season.
Zamora was the final addition to the squad, signing in the closing stages of the window, but he could possibly be the most important for the club.
Zamora will have a short commute to join up with his new club, leaving behind the surrounds of Craven Cottage, having spent four seasons at Fulham.
QPR pulled off something of a coup in bringing in the England striker, who is in decent form so far this campaign. Zamora has scored five goals and amassed five assists in his 15 appearances for Fulham prior to the move.
Along with fellow January addition Dijbril Cisse, Zamora could help fire the R’s well clear of the relegation zone and possibly towards the middle of the Premier League table.
Prior to his London move, not many Premier League fans would have known the name Samba Diakite.
The 23-year-old Mali international joins QPR from Ligue One side Nancy and will link up with his new club once he returns from African Cup of Nations duty.
Diakite has only joined QPR on loan, but there is an agreement in place to make the move permanent in the summer window.
Diakite, who mainly operates as a defensive midfielder, will be a welcome addition to the R’s, who were left reeling after Ale Faurlin was lost for the season to a knee injury.
The general feeling surrounding QPR’s January activity is that, while they may not have added as many new faces as some fans would have liked, the moves they did make should hold the club in good shape for the rest of the season.
The challenge now becomes how Mark Hughes will fit the new additions into his squad as quickly as possible, so that the R’s don’t drop any more vital points.
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