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West Ham United to Queens Park Rangers
Until the sale of Connor Wickham to Sunderland, the £6 million transfer fee that Ipswich received in 1999 from Newcastle was the record sale in the Suffolk club’s history.
Kieron Dyer arrived in the Premier League as one of its most exciting young players.
The former England international had cemented his place in the starting 11 at Portman Road at the age of 17. He went on to make 190 Premier League appearances for Newcastle, scoring 23 goals in the process.
Despite the early hype surrounding his career and 33 caps earned for England, Kieron Dyer will be remembered for his on-the-pitch fight with teammate Lee Bowyer as well as his persistent chain of injuries.
Since joining West Ham in 2007, Kieron Dyer has made a combined total of 31 Premier League appearances, including his debut match for Queens Park Rangers in the inaugural week of the 2011-12 season.
10 days after his West Ham debut in August 2007, Dyer received a potentially career-threatening injury at the hands of Bristol Rover’s Joe Jacobsen. He spent a subsequent 17 months on the injury table.
Similar ill fortune has struck Neil Warnock’s QPR. Just three minutes into his debut for the club, Dyer walked off with an injured foot.
His talent is obvious. He may have lost some of the pace that graced him 10 years ago, but signs of excellent ball control, special awareness and half-decent passes are evident. He has the potential to be a playmaker at QPR.
The problem is QPR already have a player that fills that role: Adel Taarabt. The 22-year-old Moroccan is easily Rangers' best player and there is nothing that Kieron Dyer can do better than him.
Dyer’s role seems redundant next to Taarabt. The only positive QPR fans can take from his arrival is that he arrived as a free transfer and has only penned a one-year deal.
Given that Kieron Dyer is 32, and injury has plagued him since his 2005- 2006 campaign for Newcastle, it is difficult to see what the former England international can offer QPR.
Perhaps Neil Warnock was hoping for one last hurrah. Instead, he has received a whimper.