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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Helguson Finally Joins QPR on Loan and an Assessment of Helguson

Bolton's Icelandic Forward, Heidar Helguson joins QPR on loan till the end of January. Because of injuries, he's played once this season in the League.

Queens Park Rangers Football Club is delighted to announce the arrival of Bolton Wanderers' striker Heidar Helguson, on an emergency loan deal.
The 31 year-old has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of January and goes straight in to the R's squad for the Coca Cola Championship fixture against his former Club, Watford, on Saturday.
Helguson, who has made over 40 appearances for his native Iceland, scored the only goal of the game for his country against Malta last night (Wednesday).

Dave McIntyre - BBC606 re Helguson "Right man, unfortunate timing"
- A fully-fit Heidar Helguson will be an asset for QPR – it’s just a shame for them that his arrival follows news that Akos Buzsaky will miss the rest of the season.
-One player doesn’t make a team, but it’s hard to see how Rangers can sustain a genuine promotion bid without Buzsaky.
-The possible signing of Ben Watson from Crystal Palace in January would be a boost, and it's now very important Rangers get that deal done.
- Watson is no Buzsaky, but he is an excellent attacking midfielder at Championship level and at 23, has lots of potential.
- His signing might previously have been seen as at best a bonus and, at worst, pointless. But it's now a necessity.
- Buzsaky is QPR's best player, despite the hype surrounding some of the summer signings, and he was close to getting back to his best following an ankle problem.
- The worry now has to be whether he can rediscover his best form after two nasty injuries in quick succession.
- If he can, he will be a major player for Rangers next season and would comfortably manage the step up in class were they to get promoted.
- Helguson has struggled to make an impact in the top division but has shown he is at least a very good Championship forward.
- If he gets his sharpness back, he’ll be a far more sensible signing than the vastly overpriced Caleb Folan or Michael Chopra would have been.
- He has been on Rangers’ shortlist of possible signings for some time and Rangers have turned to him after failing with bids to sign Chopra from Sunderland and Folan from Hull.
- Doubts about Helguson’s long-term fitness led to his proposed move from Bolton stalling last week, but talks to try and salvage the deal resulted in an agreement being reached.
- Helguson is a very good and clever player, similar in some ways to Kevin Gallen but stronger in the air and a better finisher.
- He works hard, holds the ball up well, can score goals and brings others into the game.
That’s exactly the kind of forward Rangers have needed; a link man who can bring the best out of their attacking midfield players – especially Buzsaky – while not only providing a physical presence alongside someone like Blackstock, but also weighing in with goals of their own.
Helguson, if he gets fit and stays fit, can do all that. It’s just a pity for Rangers that Buzsaky isn’t going to be involved. BBC606

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