Mauricio Isla has completed his move to QPR FC, joining on loan from Juventus.
Sun Sport Now report Isla announced the transfer:
Chilean Mauricio Isla claims he has completed a move to #QPR— SunSport Now (@SunSportNow) August 5, 2014
The versatile 26-year-old heads to QPR after a bit-part season with the Old Lady, which culminated in a decent run of form in Chile's 2014 World Cup squad.
Isla made his name during a five-year spell with Udinese, before progressing up the Serie A ranks with Juventus in 2012. He joins after winning two domestic titles and a duo of Italian Super Cup victories, providing QPR with a proven pedigree at the highest level.
He predominantly played on the right side of defence during his 10 starts and eight substitute appearances for Juventus last season.
Isla is capable of moving up the flank if needed, and he can also be pushed to the left side or even appear through the centre of midfield. He is a well-rounded player whose pace and energy ensure a useful work rate wherever he is deployed.
Isla's aforementioned doggedness is backed up with technical skill. He is a smart passer of the ball and looks to set attacking moves in motion whenever possible. Although he does have a tendency to drift out of position, he generally gains confidence from putting together a string of starts, something that should be achieved with his new club.
Harry Redknapp is certainly being careful when leading QPR's return to the Premier League. So far, his decision to sign Isla alongside the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker highlight a manager who doesn't want to alter his squad too quickly.
Proven experience is needed, but the promoted team's essence must remain the same. This was QPR's problem during the 2012-13 campaign, when they suffered relegation after signing too many high-profile players without getting them to connect as a squad.
"We need to strengthen in a few positions really to be strong enough to really have a go at it this year," Redknapp said, as per Sky Sports.
While breaking into the Juventus team on a regular basis was always going to be difficult, Isla now has the opportunity to show his skills in a less pressurised situation. The general response to his move is that QPR have pulled off quite a coup for an individual who has more to offer than he currently does in Turin.
Matteo Bonetti of beIN Sports indicates QPR have secured an impressive piece of business, as reinforced by FourFourTwo's Adam Digby and Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror:
QPR doing a nice piece of business with Mauricio Isla, who was one of top full-backs in Italy with Udinese. Will hit that form.— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) August 4, 2014
Mauricio Isla is a seriously quality player. He never settled/fitted in at Juve & won't be at #QPR for long imo. He needs the change— Adam Digby (@Adz77) August 4, 2014
QPR doing good business. Really thought Isla would find a club higher up the table than that— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) August 4, 2014
Isla's performances at the World Cup may have influenced such a deal. He averaged two tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game at the tournament, while also getting forward to register 0.8 shots each appearance, as recorded by WhoScored.com.
Chile were fuelled by individuals with limitless energy and the willingness to battle for every ball, two traits Isla will be expected to bring with him to the Premier League.
He has the potential to be one of the summer's biggest bargains if a consistent run of form can be found, providing QPR with reason to be excited heading into the 2014-15 campaign.