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Monday, December 29, 2008

Interesting Assessment of QPR and Borrowdale, Helguson, Routledge and Watson and Other Past Signings....Lee Camp's Return?

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Dave McIntyre - BBC606 - The Borrowdale problem
Rangers’ signing of Gary Borrowdale could turn out to be an expensive mistake.
Borrowdale has not made a single appearance since joining on an initial loan deal and is not rated by Paulo Sousa, who has chosen Damien Delaney and even an out-of-position Matt Connolly ahead of him at left-back.
The problem is that the deal to sign Borrowdale from Coventry for around £700,000 was agreed before Sousa’s appointment. As things stand, he is a QPR player.
That leaves the club with a full-back who is struggling to get a look in and Borrowdale facing the prospect of his Rangers career being halted before it’s even started – a far from ideal situation for both parties.
Heidar Helguson on the other hand has proved to be a useful addition and barring no late hitches, his permanent move from Bolton will go through.
Helguson gives Rangers something extra up front and their midfield would really be strengthened if they can finally pull off the signings of Ben Watson and Wayne Routledge. Both players have been targets for some time.
Watson was wanted by Iain Dowie and Rangers also tried to sign Routledge before he moved to Aston Villa, where he has failed to make an impact.
Routledge has been in good form for Cardiff and is scheduled to stay on loan there until 20 January.
If he ends up at Loftus Road it will be interesting to see what the fans make of him.
Routledge has never really been my cup of tea but I reckon he’d go down a storm.
He’s a very exciting winger at Championship level and would have people on the edge of their seats.
Routledge is already hugely popular at Cardiff, who want to keep him.
My concern about Routledge would be the same as it has been with several others who have been brought to Rangers. He’s yet another who wouldn’t be cheap but has little chance of developing into a Premier League player should the club get there.
It’s why I strongly disagree with the theory that this QPR regime hasn’t spent a lot of money.
Most of their signings have improved the squad but I would argue only Akos Buzsaky could cut it at a higher level, although Connolly perhaps could in the future.
For what they have signed, Rangers have shown little restraint in the transfer market despite the soundbites about not overspending.
We’ll soon know how far they are willing to push the boat out for Watson, who is no Buzsaky but would certainly do a good job for Rangers in his absence.
Watson had a brief spell in the top flight as a teenager and many believe he deserves another crack.
A number of Premier League clubs have watched him very closely for a long time but have decided not to take the plunge.
If that changes in January, it will obviously be tough for Rangers to get him even if they can agree a deal with Palace.
The games over Christmas definitely highlighted the areas that need to be improved and Sousa’s changes didn’t go down well with some.
I like what Sousa’s trying to do with Rangers but it is his – and the club’s - good fortune that Flavio Briatore was not at the Watford match.
The tide turns very, very quickly against a QPR manager who fails to please Briatore and his guests at a home game.

For now though, Sousa is still enjoying a honeymoon period and should keep Rangers in the play-off race with a decent signing or two. BBC606

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