Sunday, June 24, 2018

Dawson plays down QPR rumours; Rodgers envisions tranquil January

Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Michael Dawson has played down speculation linking him with a move to Queens Park Rangers in the January transfer window, Sky Sports understands.

According to reports, new QPR boss Harry Redknapp is reportedly keen on bringing the former Spurs captain to Loftus Road to bolster the Super Hoops’ defence.

“I’m at Tottenham. I’m playing my football and I played today,” Dawson told London 24. “I love playing football and I want to be playing. There’s no hiding that and it’s hard when you’re not.

“Every player wants to play, not just me, and of course it’s frustrating. But I’m someone who keeps my head down, works hard and when you’re called upon you’ve got to go out there and perform.”

QPR have already conceded 26 goals this season; only Southampton have conceded more, 30. As a result, Queens Park Rangers are bottom-of-the-table at the moment, having earned just four points from 13 league matches, which is in fact the worst start to a season for any club in English Premier League history.

In addition to their defensive woes, the Super Hoops have managed to score just 10 goals in the Premier League, and are subsequently still looking for their first win of the 2012-13 campaign.

Can Harry Redknapp save Queens Park Rangers from relegation?

If so, it will be his toughest job to date.

“It’s nice to be back involved in football again,” Redknapp told reporters at the club’s Harlington training ground. “[It’s a] big challenge, this one, a tough job. But it’s one I’m looking forward to doing now.

“We mustn’t kid ourselves – this is the toughest job. Much tougher than those two jobs, in my opinion. It’s a real challenge, and one I’m looking forward to. I’m confident and optimistic that we can pull it off.”

Rodgers envisions tranquil January

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is expecting a quiet transfer window come January at Anfield, despite the need to add another striker to the Reds’ current squad to back-up the in-form Uruguayan talisman Luis Suarez, ESPN Soccernet reports.

Rodgers has revealed that Liverpool want to ‘balance their books’ this season, essentially ruling out a January spending spree, much to the chagrin of Liverpool supporters.

However, the former Swansea City manager has not ruled out doing ‘some business’ in January, and rightfully so, with the Reds currently in 11th-place in the league table.

The Northern Irishman has urged the Reds’ supporters to be patient, insisting that the club’s development will ‘evolve’, but not immediately.

“It will evolve. The guys are working very well, they have been fantastic, but we all know you need to get in your own types of players before you can say it is your own side,” said Rodgers.

“When I came to Swansea in my first season there were 12 players that were used and six moved on. In the second year seven came in over the course of the season and there were nine who went the other way.

“Until you get that turnover of players you can only look at it then as your team. But we will work with the players we have.”


Shawn Etemadi



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