Queens Park Rangers Transfers: Ranking QPR's Top 5 Summer Signings of 2013
The transfer window for Queens Park Rangers in 2013 was a far cry from the "let's buy everyone who used to be good" summer they had last time around.
Although that's not to say it hasn't been busy.
The difference is, this time, the transfer policy under the watchful eye of Harry Redknapp seems a lot more sensible.
Nine new players came into Loftus Road in July and August—not including the returning Joey Barton and company, who were out on loan last year. The question is, of those new signings, who's going to be "triffic"? And who's going to fall flat on their face?
Read on to see the top five, and let me know your thoughts below.
5. Niko Kranjcar
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No transfer window is complete until Harry Redknapp has signed Niko Kranjcar. NOW I can go to bed...— Danny Kelly (@dannykellywords) September 2, 2013
Having signed Kranjcar for Portsmouth and Tottenham, it was only a matter of time before Redknapp brought the Croatian to Loftus Road.
With Adel Taarabt having left for Fulham on loan, the first few games of the Championship season showed a gaping whole in the creative side of their play.
Step forward, Niko Kranjcar.
Having spent six years in the Premier League, he dwindled into obscurity when at Tottenham in 2010/11 and 2011/12—not before creating 17 goals and scoring 16 himself in the top tier of English football.
4. Karl Henry
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Still can't believe QPR have a midfield duo of Joey Barton and Karl Henry. That's screaming red cards, two footers and headbutts.— Footy Related (@FootyRelated) August 31, 2013
Like many who shared their opinion on Twitter after Karl Henry signed, I was less than enthused with the Wolves midfielder's transfer.
However, he has pleasantly surprised everyone.
Henry has played all five games in the Championship so far for QPR and has already amassed an 89.7 percent pass success rate. Third only behind Onuoha and Barton for number of tackles per game (not including those who only played one match), it seems the 30-year-old is looking like a strong signing.
And he hasn't been sent off yet.
3. Tom Carroll
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Well if the last Spurs loanee did all right for Queens Park Rangers, he is certainly backing the newest addition to Redknapp's squad to do well, too.
The England U-21 midfielder, who impressed Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas this preseason, was recently hailed by the Spurs boss in an interview with talkSPORT.
It will be exciting to see what he can do in the Championship this season.
2. Benoit Assou-Ekotto
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Lets go to QPR ! I ll keep one eyes on u spurs hv a good luck this season #COYS💋🙏👊❤— Benoit Assou-Ekotto (@AssouEkotto) September 2, 2013
Stephane Mbia may have gone, but it seems QPR have recruited a new player-cum-press-officer in Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who announced his signing before the club did.
The Cameroon international has joined on loan from—you guessed it—Harry Redknapp's old club, and is a major coup for QPR.
With Danny Simpson on the right and BAE on the left, the first-choice full-back options look strong. Very strong.
Assou-Ekotto flourished under Harry Redknapp in 2008/09 and was voted the club's most improved player, and despite injuries in recent months, could well reignite that promising career at Loftus Road.
1. Charlie Austin
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#QPR fans, save this tweet. Charlie Austin will score the winning goal in minimum 6 games. Worth 18 points. Excellent signing ...— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) August 1, 2013
With both Hull City and Nottingham Forest trying and failing to sign Austin this summer, QPR fought hard to find a solution to the striker crisis that saw them score just 30 in the Premier League last year.
Hopefully, Charlie Austin is just that.
Although Austin has failed to score for QPR in the league so far, he netted 44 in two seasons for Burnley in the Championship. So he obviously knows how to do it.
With 17 shots on goal in the first five games, one of those has to go in soon.
And, as Mr. Marsh says, just six winning goals can mean a huge difference in the Championship.