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With Ryan Nelsen set to leave for the heady heights of MLS management (via BBC), and Sky Sports suggesting former manager Neil Warnock will be looking to tempt Clint Hill to Leeds (via Sky Sports), the need for defenders is more important than ever for Harry Redknapp.
Okay, so Tal Ben Haim has been added to the squad, and Rangers fans will be hoping he has more of a Ryan Nelsen impact than a Jose Bosingwa impact. But even if he turns out to be the best-ever signing for QPR, Redknapp will need to shore up the defense and stop leaking goals.
The other end is also a problem. Adel Taarabt is Rangers' top league scorer—with a grand total of four (via Eurosport). After recalling DJ Campbell, Jay Bothroyd and Rob Hulse, there are a lot more striking options for Redknapp compared to the past couple of months.
The former has been netting consistently for Ipswich in the Championship while on loan; however the latter will be unlikely to change the fortunes of the West London side with just two goals in 23 games for the club (via Soccerbase). Add into the mix that Bobby Zamora is also aiming to be back by the end of the month (via Evening Standard), all these returners will be a big boost for the squad.
Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie are obviously still at the top of Harry's list. But neither of them have that 15-goal-season look about them right now. So a proven goal scorer will be a priority for Redknapp as he looks for his side to score more than 17 League goals in the second half of the season.
With a minus-19-goal difference, Rangers will need to reduce that in the coming months through an improvement in defense and a better chance-to-goal ratio up top.
Nobody wants to be in that horrible situation where relegation occurs thanks to not scoring enough or conceding too many.