Hoilett must play more games

The start of the season has been far from perfect for QPR and everyone associated with the club. They lie at the foot of the table and are still yet to record their first victory. One positive ray of light, however, is the return to form of Junior Hoilett; who signed from Blackburn Rovers this summer.

Hoilett must play more games

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Andy Hunter

October 29th, 2012

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It has not quite been the dream start the Canadian-born forward would have been looking for at his new club. Following his former side’s relegation from the Premier League last season, he was not short of offers this summer. Rumours were rife of supposed talks with Liverpool and Spurs, but he opted to work under Mark Hughes at Loftus Road. However, due to injuries and rotation he has found playing time hard to come by thus far.

Against Everton though, Hoilett demonstrated exactly why he was so sought after this summer. His individual performance was exactly why the manager was so keen to bring him to the club. His explosive pace, allied with tremendous technique and the ability to use both feet effectively makes him a very tough opponent to play against.

Looking at the stats so far this season it is clear to see why QPR finds themselves in the position they are in; they have four fewer points, have scored three less goals and conceded five more than they had at this stage last year. The manager, Mark Hughes, has failed to name the same starting line-up in any of the games this season and this has been a major cause of the problems mentioned above.

Every sporting side, no matter the level, needs some level of consistency within the squad. So far this season Hughes has been unable to do this for whatever reason – and results have suffered. Admittedly he brought in a number of players during the summer transfer window which he has needed to assess and ascertain where they are suited, but it is surely now the time for a more settled side.

There is no doubt that QPR have some strength in depth when it comes to their striking options. However, three of their five strikers are over 30 now and someone with Hoilett’s pace and skill is exactly what they require. Every defender who has played the game hates facing up to someone who is quicker than them; it can make even the best defenders look ragged when faced with a sprightly attacker.

Last season saw Hoilett unsteady some of the best defenders in the Premier League and if QPR are to improve significantly he should be one of the central figures. At the beginning of this year he was named as one of the 13 players to watch in 2012 by FIFA and it is now time to prove it. His new club has not got off to the best of starts but the season is still relatively new and there is plenty of time to turn things around. Whatever happens to QPR this season, Hoilett has an integral part to play – and it is time for him to come to the fore.

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