Over spending, sustainability, crazy, gun ho … All words you will see scattered around when reading about the transfer activity surrounding Queens Park Rangers, yet is this the truth?
Based on facts no. As it stands QPR are the busiest Premier League club of the 20 with regards to player recruitment but how much outlay have QPR actually made?
Players brought in:
Ryan Nelsen – Free
Andrew Johnson- Free
Junior Hoilett – Free
Rob Green – Free
Julio Ceaser – Free
Fabio – Loan
Ji Sung Park – £2m
Esteban Granero – £6.5m (rising to £9m on appearances)
Paddy Kenny – £900,000
Matthew Connolly – £400,000
Heidur Helguson – £200,000
Tommy Smith £250,000
Lee Cook – Released
Rowan Vine – Released
Patrick Agyemang – Released
The outlay for 8 players of a much higher calibre of player stands at approximately £6.5m an extremely modest amount for a Premier League club. To most that would indicate extremely good business on QPR’s part. Would we have been happier spending £8m on a relatively unknown quantity like Jordan Rhodes? Or how about Steven Fletcher for £12m, I don’t think so.
Of course it is easy for the neutral fan or fans of rivals to mock the transfer policy of QPR thinking we are wildly over spending & throwing money around yet many fail to deal in facts, one being that QPR earned approx £46m last season through Sky TV coverage which will rise to nearer £60m for the forthcoming season due to new global tv rights. Not to mention season tickets sold out in advance of the season & a lucrative pre season tour of Asia all culminating in a very healthy pot for the board of the club.
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has only come out this week publicly on Twitter to announce the QPR wage bill is down on last seasons, not up. People gasped ‘how could that be’ I really don’t know but what I do know is give this team 8-10 games to gel & with the board the club has in place I can see only great things ahead for QPR in the not so distant future.
My tip for fellow Rangers fans? Keep your passports ready, I have a feeling they will be getting a good airing soon.
Written by Ricardo Dunne
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