Christopher Samba: Summer Transfer Window Profile and Scouting Report

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2013

Having switched back to the Premier League after a fairly short stint with Anzhi Makhachkala, doubt hangs over Christopher Samba’s QPR future and whether or not the defender will be around for the club’s upcoming Championship season.

Read on to find all the centre-back’s scouting information, as well as some indication as to just where Samba may end up in the summer transfer window.


Age: 29

Contract Situation: Signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Loftus Road in January 2013, set to expire in June 2017.

Career Stops: Sedan (2002-04), Hertha Berlin (2004-07), Blackburn Rovers (2007-12), Anzhi Makhachkala (2012-13), Queens Park Rangers (2013-present).

Current Campaign: Russian Premier League (Anzhi)—17 appearances, two goals, five clean sheets; Europa League (Anzhi)—eight appearances, one goal, five clean sheets; Premier League (QPR)—10 appearances, no goals, one clean sheet.

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Scouting Guide

Although his talents weren’t enough to provide QPR with the means for Premier League survival, Christopher Samba is undoubtedly a tough defender who’s familiar with the Premier League’s requirements.

Speaking to Sky Sports earlier this month, the Congolese international admitted that a move back to England’s top flight may have been premature for him due to a lack of fitness, meaning that more good could come from the defender if a Premier League side were to offer him another chance.

That said, statistics say the centre-back was successful in only five of his 11 tackle attempts with QPR this season, committing almost one foul per game.


What’s Next?

The Daily Mail recently reported QPR owner Tony Fernandes as saying that it would be his preference to “build a side around” Christopher Samba in preparation for their Championship voyage.

The Malaysian businessman also claims that notions of Samba’s alleged £100,000-a-week salary are false and that nobody at the club is earning more than £65,000 per week.

While that might boost their reputation in terms of splurging, such wages are still far above the Championship standard and could mean an exit for Samba this summer, regardless.

The Mirror reports that Zenit St. Petersburg, who made an offer for Samba almost instantly after his move to West London, are the only club with known interest in the 29-year-old’s services.