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    by Published on 22-03-2017 10:49 PM

    The development of English footballers is something which is always under huge amounts of scrutiny. However as a result of England’s top division the Premier League becoming the global brand it is today, the success rate of English talent has slowly decreased. Teams all over the country have seen the amount of products from the youth team making it in their first team slowly decrease. The chances of the Steven Gerrard’s and Gary Neville’s the local heroes pulling on their teams shirt has dissolved and as a result fans are started to feel out of touch with the game.

    A prime example of this is Queens Park Rangers, we are a club proud of our history and heritage and prime ourselves on being a community club. However the possibility of finding the next gem from abroad seems to outweigh sticking to your roots and doing what the club always has, which is becoming a very common theme all across the country.
    As you look back over QPR’s teams throughout history, there is has always been a few of the ‘local heroes’ which the supporters can really connect with and can feel really part of what the club is achieving. You look back at the League cup winning team of 1967 and a vast majority of the first eleven were home grown, this includes: Ron Hunt, Frank Sibley, Tony Hazell, goal scorer Roger Morgan and captain of the club Mike Keen.

    As time developed the QPR side of 75/76 which is recognised as one of the best teams to never have won the 1st division title. This side included local heroes: Dave Clement, Ian Gillard and Gerry Francis who famously went on to be England captain.
    From the late 70’s and early 1980’s QPR had local boys in Clive Allen and Paul Goddard, who after establishing themselves at Rangers went on to have illustrious careers at Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United amongst others.

    Myself, coming from a rich Rangers background, my family can regale many stories of the early 1980’s. In one instance my father stewarded a youth team parents coach to Villa Park, this home grown team included: Peter Hucker, Warren Neil, Ian Dawes, Gary Waddack, Wayne Fereday and of course the iconic Alan McDonald. All of whom went on to reach the first team and have lengthy careers at the club and highlights of their Rangers careers including reaching the FA Cup final and achieving promotion to the top division of English football.
    More recently my own experiences of local Rangers heroes extend back to the likes of Kevin Gallen, Richard Langley and Nigel Quashie who came through our youth academy and all had long careers within QPR and the football league.

    However more recently due to a change in thinking across British football, home grown success stories like this are becoming rarer as the influx of players from abroad is becoming more common ground for football league clubs.
    As a result the supporters are willing for that one success story to happen and this may explain why everyone at QPR is so keen for players such as: Ryan Manning, Darnel Furlong and Olamide Shodipo to do so well for the club and allow us to be proud that we are back in touch with our roots and history.
    by Published on 20-03-2017 11:16 PM

    On the 7th of July 2009 Queens Park Rangers announced the signing of unknown Argentinian midfielder Alejandro Faurlin from Argentinian 2nd division minnows Instituto de Cordoba. This was right in the middle of flamboyant owners Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone’s ownership of club and many assumed Faurlin was going to take to the English game as badly as many of Briatorie’s previous European signings.

    In over a year QPR had seen four European midfielders play their trade in the heart of Loftus Road, this includes: Dani Parejo, Emmanuel Ledesma, Domiano Tommassi and Jordi Lopez, these were all players who arrived with big pedigrees. However many fans still felt fan favourite Martin Rowlands and Mikele Leigertwood were more than capable of controlling our midfield. This ultimately saw the four Europeans leave rangers as quickly as they had joined.

    However season 2009-10 was revelations for QPR as Briatorie’s Ali Faurlin became an ever present in midfield and went on to win both players and supporter’s player of the year in his first year at the club.
    Neil Warnock swiftly arrived and realised what an exciting diamond he had uncovered in Faurlin the following season Faurlin was again the first name on the team sheet and formed a formidable partnership with Shaun Derry and was ultimately part of ‘that’ team which won us the championship title in 2011. However nothing would be simple with QPR and Faurlin had more than his part to play in giving every R’s fan greyer hair, until Gianni Pallidini famously screeched ‘no points’ and QPR had confirmed their place in the top flight.
    However this season started to be the downfall for Faurlin, first he was ridiculed on the pitch by manager Neil Warnock at home to West Bromich Albion after he failed to ‘take one for the team’ and allowing Shane Long to grab a last ditch point. This was consequently Warnock’s last home game and the next game was what really changed Alejandro Faurlin as he went down with his first anterior cruciate ligament injury away to Milton Keynes in the 3rd round of the FA cup.

    Faurlin didn’t return until early into the 2012-13 season in which was a much changed QPR side, which no longer featured work horses like Shaun Derry and Tommy Smith but more like Ji Sung Park, Stephane M’Bia and Jose Bosingwa, as a result Faurlin was shipped out to Palermo on loan.
    As the new season arrived and QPR had a clearance sale, Faurlin was in the new managers Harry Redknapp’s plans, however23 months after his initial injury it strikes again on the opposing knee and Faurlin missed out on QPR’s return to the top flight.

    In that summer he signed a new contract to make him the clubs longest serving player, however after starting the first game of the season against Hull, the ACL injury struck again away to Burton Albion and many doubted Faurlin after this. However he showed the same amount of courage and determination he showed throughout his time in west London and made a return to the first team picture.
    However with Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink wanting to play a more pressing style of play Faurlin was deemed surplus to requirements at a club which he had served so professionally for.
    Faurlin had many trails during the summer of 2016, most noticeably at local west London rivals Fulham, however his injury record seemed to put many possible buyers off and he has since signed for Getafe in the Spanish division and to date has only made 9 appearances scoring 2 goals.

    For a player who proved so many people wrong and should rightly be classed as a QPR legend, is it a classic example of the injuries just finally getting the better of him. As a player who was once tipped to play for his native Argentina alongside greats like Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero is now slumping it at a weak Spanish side. Or was this a rash decision made by a football club who seem to take pleasure in cutting off greats before their expiry dates?
    by Published on 19-03-2017 08:02 PM

    QPR this season have loaned a total of 15 different players out. This is something which Les Ferdinand feels benefits the players and helps them grow as individuals, as he feels the under 23 league isn’t challenging enough. However rangers are trying to create a pathway from the academy into the first team and create local hero’s and do things the ‘right way’.
    Therefore I feel this loan system doesn’t really benefit the club or the players at all, if anything it delays the inevitable decision that most clubs will face is that the youth team players just aren’t good enough. We have seen it happen year after year that we keep loaning a academy player out in the hope he will return a superstar however knowing he isn’t quite good enough and eventually we make the decision that he simply isn’t going to make It and the famous phrase ‘we haven’t had a youth player since Richard Langley’ gets put on the broken record.
    The one shining light of what has been a pretty dull season for QPR has been the rise of Irish sensation Ryan Manning and this rise has seen him become a first team regular. However funnily enough Manning came straight from the academy into the first team without the need to be shipped out on loan. Now is this simply because rangers feel he is the next superstar or because we have already loaned out other midfielders Brandon Comley and Ben Gladwin.

    For example Michael Doughty is someone who has been at the club since 2007 and after making his first team appearance in 2011 has had 8 different loan moves. Now surely if rangers really think he is going to make the cut he would have made more than 10 appearances for the club in 6 years before being shipped out time and time again.
    Over the years ranges have had many academy players who have made loan moves to be told their not going to make it, for example: Michael Harriman eventually moved on to Wycombe after a series of loan spells away, a similar thing happened with players such as: Antonio German, Bruno Andrade and Frankie Sutherland. The only player who will hopefully buck the trend will be Darnell Furlong who has seen the loan move come and go and now sees himself in the first team picture.

    This just simply asks the question do the academy players need to make the dreaded loan move before they make their first team appearance or do the players which make the move simply not good enough and rangers deep down know they never will be.
    by Published on 19-03-2017 06:11 PM

    Lambs to the slaughter today, scored 5 could have been 7, Rotherham were by far the poorest team I have seen at HQ for years, fair play they scored a cracking goal and never gave up, however they will struggle in League 1.
    Rangers at times played some lovely football but rarely got out of second gear.
    Every player had a decent game with Hall for me being MOTM.
    Only negative for me and after. 5-1 home win seems a bit churlish was the initial set up of the team,
    3-5-2 did not work that well as we lacked an outlet for our defenders to pass to, did we really need 3 centre backs instead of playing Pavel on the wing.

    Still safe this year and with a few well choosen signing we could gel into a very good team.
    by Published on 15-03-2017 08:31 PM

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