Queens Park Rangers made their third signing of the summer transfer window on Tuesday, drafting in highly rated midfielder Jordon Mutch from Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee.
Having also snapped up Steven Caulker from the Bluebirds recently, QPR have wasted no time in continuing their raid of the Welsh outfit, luring their top scorer from last season to Loftus Road on a four-year contract, per the club’s official Twitter feed:
Mutch revealed that he’s thrilled to be joining the Hoops and become a Premier League player once again, via QPR’s official website:
I’m really delighted to be here, back in the Premier League. I don’t see a better place for me than QPR at the moment. The club is heading in the right direction and I’m really excited about the season ahead. I thought I had a good first season in the Premier League last year with Cardiff, so I was delighted when QPR came in for me and offered a route back to the top-flight. I’m really happy to be here and hopefully we can do well this season.
The 22-year-old was a rare shining light in Cardiff’s gloomy Premier League campaign in 2013/14, and he’ll be keen to resurrect such form with his new club.
Per WhoScored.com, Mutch scored seven goals and created five more in the top flight last term, but with a distinct lack of quality around him in the red shirt, Cardiff always looked destined for the drop.
Though QPR come into the 2014/15 campaign similarly to Cardiff City last season as a newly promoted side, manager Harry Redknapp will be hoping that the addition of Mutch will see his team go one better than the Bluebirds and avoid relegation.
Redknapp also thinks that the move will be as good for Mutch as it will be for the team, saying to the club’s official website:
Jordon’s a fine young player, with a big, big future. He’s already shown what he can do at this level with Cardiff last season with a decent goals return – and this move will provide him with a great platform to take his game on to the next level. He wants to learn and improve his game. He’s a good pro with a great attitude and this is a big opportunity for him at QPR.
With Rio Ferdinand, Steven Caulker and now Mutch all signing on at Loftus Road this summer, the Hoops suddenly have the look of a Premier League outfit with staying power.
Making the step up to the top flight is far from easy for a newly promoted club, but with intelligent transfers comes the chance to remain among the big boys of English football—something that QPR could certainly accomplish with Mutch.