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Many of Mark Hughes' big signings haven't really panned out. Jose Boswinga threw a toddler-type-strop (via Daily Telegraph), Junior Hoilett and Esteban Granero have had to make do with bit-part-roles (via Soccerbase), and Fabio da Silva and Ji-Sung Park have both had injury problems (via Daily Mail).
However Stephane Mbia and now permanent midfielder Samba Diakite have received praise for their performances (via Daily Telegraph), and goalkeeper Julio Cesar has been in fine form recently, leading to a recall to the Brazil national squad (via Sky Sports).
Swapping Paddy Kenny out for Julio Cesar is already one mark chalked off for the 2013 squad, as is the inclusion of Ryan Nelsen at the back for Anton Ferdinand.
However, with the Kiwi off to Canada (via The Guardian), Redknapp needs to bring in a similar player to replace him; as Anton Ferdinand and Tal Ben Haim can't be trusted as the center-back pairing (via Evening Standard).
On paper, the current squad has a lot more potential than last season, especially with the arrival of French hotshot Loic Remy. However in terms of heart and passion, the decision is a lot murkier.
Redknapp has brought some fight back to the team; with the re-inclusion of stalwarts such as Clint Hill, Shaun Derry and Jamie Mackie in the first XI. Up until Christmas, there didn't look to be a lot of desire from the players (via Daily Mail), but 'Arry's no-nonsense managerial style has seen the morale and the work effort improve.
However is the squad as a whole any better off than this time last year? If Redknapp finds a well-balanced team with passion and skill as he has been doing in recent weeks, and if Remy can "do a Cisse" and grab vital goals in the coming games, then the players which promise so much on paper, could well produce the results on the pitch.
Are QPR in better shape in 2013? The squad says yes, just about.