Friday, May 25, 2018

QPR strengthen squad with two new signings

Chile international forward Eduardo Vargas has joined QPR on a season-long loan deal

Chile international forward Eduardo Vargas has joined QPR on a season-long loan deal

QPR have been active in the last few days bringing in two international players to their squad.

On Wednesday the Hoops brought in Dutch international midfielder Leroy Fer from Norwich for an undisclosed fee and followed that up with the loan signing of exciting Chilean Eduardo Vargas on Thursday.


As always QPR boss Harry Redknapp has been relatively busy in the transfer market this summer strengthening his squad.

The likes of Steven Caulker, Rio Ferdinand, Jordan Mutch and Mauricio Isla joined the Hoops in an attempt to strengthen the squad enough to keep them in the top-flight.


Both of QPR’s new arrivals are internationals and were at the World Cup with their respective countries. Fer played for Holland and ironically scored a goal against Vargas’ Chile in the group stages of the competition.

Vargas also scored in the group stage, as the forward found the net in Chile’s 2-0 victory over Spain which helped his country to the knockout stages of the competition.


Fer made his Premier League debut for Norwich last season and struggled for consistency. One of the reasons for his struggles were injury niggles. Fer made 29 appearances for the Canaries in the top-flight, but struggled to find any consistency in his performances.

Fer has undoubted talent and came close to joining Everton, prior to joining Norwich last summer. Problems discovered during a medical scuppered that move and he ended up in Norfolk instead of on Merseyside.

However, despite being a Dutch international he still has much to prove in the English top-flight this season and he will not want to experience relegation in consecutive seasons.

Vargas is also considered a big talent, but he is very mercurial. At Napoli he was expected to become a star. However he struggled to gain regular first team football in Naples and in January joined La Liga outfit Valencia on-loan.

His record in the Spanish top division of just three goals in 17 appearances was not exactly inspiring. May be he will be more of a hit in the English top-flight. He is on loan so QPR do not have much to lose.


Vargas is the sort of player that can make things happen out of nothing, which I suppose goes along with his tag of mercurial. He will add imagination and pace to the QPR front line. In many ways he could be the perfect impact player for the Hoops.


Vargas is versatile. He can play as a winger, central attacking midfielder or a striker, which could prove very useful for the Hoops this season. Fer has also played in a variety of positions in his career. He has a reputation for being a box-to-box midfielder, but he can also play as a defensive midfielder or an attacking midfielder.


The Hoops signing Vargas is something of a coup considering that the likes of Arsenal and Atletico Madrid had been linked with big money moves for the forward. He is a signing that could go either way though. He could be a major success or he could prove a complete flop.

Harry Redknapp has done some shrewd business signing the forward on-loan, as if he does flop then QPR do not have to keep paying his wages, which became a problem for the Hoops last time they were relegated. They had far too many players on Premier League wages and only Championship revenue coming in.

Wheeler Dealer

QPR boss Harry Redknapp hates being referred to as a wheeler dealer, but that is exactly what he has become synonymous with throughout his managerial career. The former-Portsmouth boss always seems to be busy close to deadline day.

There could be more deals to come in the next ten days or so and with QPR odds of 7/4 to go straight back down to the Championship more quality may just be needed.

Will QPR’s new signings be a success this season?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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