After a 15 year absence Queens Park Rangers are back in the top flight of English football this season having dominated the Championship for the majority of last season.
Their journey back to the Premier League was not without controversy however. A mix up over the registration of Argentina midfielder Alejandro Faurlin almost saw the London club been denied the opportunity of playing back in the Premier League.
Although QPR were found guilty of two of the seven charges they faced over the registration of the midfielder, the club was not be docked any points and they secured their promotion with a 2-0 defeat of Watford.
The challenges that QPR face this season are no different from any other promoted side. Winning the championship in a canter is one thing. They will have to step up a lot more if they want to survive in the Premier League.
That should be objective number 1 for Neil Warnock and his management team. Concentrate on surviving in the first season and build from there. Many a promoted team have enjoyed a successful start to their first campaign in the Premier League only for the wheels to fall off and be dragged into the relegation zone.
If they are to survive then a lot will depend on the likes of midfielder Adel Taarabt who played a huge role in their championship winning season last year.
Along with Taarabt both Heidar Helguson and Jamie Mackie will need to be scoring goals regularly if the hoops are to have any chance of staying up in their first season back with the big boys.
Paddy Kenny is another member of the squad that will have to be on top form as he no doubt will be a busy keeper over the course of the next few months.
Speaking ahead of the campaign Neil Warnock is looking forward to the challenges that his side will face and feels that they are on the right path for the season ahead. He said “”I’m right excited about it now.
“It will be a bumper crowd, a decent atmosphere and we can’t wait.
“We’re on the right lines. There’s always room for improvement, but we’re heading in the right direction. The lads will be up for it and ready for Bolton.”
If QPR are to survive then a good start to the season is vital. A good start can give them a buffer that can help them get over the dips that their season will take.
If they don’t get that all important good start then it could be a quick visit to the Premier League before returning to the Championship. The outcome of their game against Bolton will shape their season.
Objectively I think QPR will struggle. On paper they don’t appear to have the squad to cope with the demands of top flight football. They may well get a good start to their campaign but as the season wears on I can see them falling down the table and ultimately back to Championship football.
Finishing position : 19th
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