Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Q.P.R. squad analysis after season 5

In-depth squad analysis today, dear readers. At first look at the formation and we’ll continue thinking over players and positions step-by-step.



David Ospina


I think David Ospina is good enough to win Premier League and Champions League. Surely, he is not a world class goalie like Casillas or Neuer but I have no chance to buy or sign them at the moment. However, goalkeeper change would be preferable option for me in this transfer window.


Central defenders


Stats of DCs

Samir Breinburg won 90% of balls in air making 94 key headers! Awesome result! The best DC in the team!

I would give another chance to Gary Cahill in spite of his pretty low average rating and made mistakes. I don’t think he should be sold. Don’t forget that Gary is 30 years old already and valued just in $4.6M.

For a while I am not going to sell or buy centre backs. Who knows may be you will change my intention writing a comment…


Wing backs

Left defenders

Right defenders


I don’t see why I should make any changes at DL and DR positions. Digne and Vrsaljko have been developing during trainings and performing better and better. I believe in these two guys. By the way, pay attention how many interceptions Sime Vrsaljko managed to execute during the season!

There were some hesitation regarding Zanev in winter. I was thinking whether I should renew his ending contract or not. I decided to leave him as a backup player until better cheap DL strikes my eyes.


Rachid El Amrani

I want you also to look at the most prospective wing back in Q.P.R. Wonderkid with high Determination and Bravery while being only 17 years old!

Rachid El Amrani





You know my formation has 2 DMC positions.

Ognjen Vukojevic is an absolute team leader and the best DMC. Other players were not so good as I expected. Diame, Garmash and rarely Verratti with McCafferty played at another position in Defensive Midfielder role. All of them didn’t impress me during the whole season.

What I am going to do now is to return back Deep-Lying Playmaker role (remember, my first version of tactics had this role) moving Marco Verratti to play it. Probably Denys Garmash should be sold if he doesn’t agree to be a backup midfielder for QPR.


MC as a Playmaker

Advanced Playmaker

Central midfielders

Potential playmakers

A crucial question for me:

Who should be a new playmaker if I move Verratti to DMC position?

Now I see 5 variants of solutions:

- Buy a new playmaker. Can be very expensive.

- Douglas Costa

Pros: He has maximal Flair, great Passing and Creativity. Plays one-twos, shoots from distance… Many pros.

Cons: he is very quick and natural winger, it would be pity to loose so technically gifted and explosive player at a flank.

- Oscar

Pros: Passing, Decisions, Creativity >= 15. Shots on Target in the last season = 44%.

Cons: Actually the same as about Douglas Costa with only one exception - AMC is the only natural position for him. Teamwork = 12.

- Chris Brunt

Pros: 8 assists + 14 key passes in 9 (11) matches. Powerful long shot. Passing, Creativity, Teamwork = 15.

Cons: 31 years old already. Not so quick as his competitors: Pace = 13, Acceleration = 12.

- Ivan Cosic

Pros: Passing = 20, First Touch = 17, Work Rate = 19. Cosic is only 21 years old!

Cons: Lack of experience and Determination.



Left wingers

Right wingers


I cannot say there are problems at winger positions. But I have already signed for free one talented AML. Won’t tell his name now, please wait till the next post.

Nevertheless Douglas Costa is my my winger who can perform on both flanks. Oscar is a kind of player who likes to score key goals in big games. Therefore I would call him my 2nd main winger. Popov and Vadillo are approaching to substitution bench and squad rotation mode, though I feel I should trust 21 years old Alvaro Vadillo more due to his potential.





Carlos Fierro has reached level of Jay Rodriguez creating a true competition for main QPR striker. I have two great strikers and two talented youngsters at a bench. Why would I sign a new striker?

Juan Jose Alonso Romero is ready for a debut in the main team. I am moving the youngster from reserves because he managed to become better than Kolar.



Wages and budgeting

Now some information about current salaries and salary eaters. Basing on this info and above-made analysis, you could advise me some players to sell during the upcoming transfer window. I would appreciate every your advice!


Salary eaters

Salary eaters[5]


Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Author: Vitaliy

Playing Football Manager since 1996. Blogging about it since 2007.