Having just climbed over the halfway point of the Barclays Premier League 2012/13 season, we have already been witnesses to some of the most surprising events seen in the top league. We’ve seen the good – with Swansea and West Brom taking up permanent residency in the top half, and Everton making a strong play for the top four, as well as the bad.
But it is the disasters that really change the way the season goes, so this article will walk you through the top 3 of this term so far, judged not just on the severity of the disaster but the effect it has had on the season so far.
Being a huge fan of the Football Manager game series, I’ve always found the game quite unrealistic: you get a large sum of money, buy a list of players from top clubs and quickly find, no matter how much you spend, that you couldn’t buy yourself a win. However, it appears that this may just be more accurate than I imagined, as QPR appear to be owned by the football equivalent of a middle aged man sat in his pants on the computer.
In just two transfer windows we have seen QPR spend on the likes of Loic Remy, Park Ji-Sung, Julio Cesar, Esteban Granero, Cristopher Samba & Jose Bosingwa, all of whom have come from top sides and are considered big names in the football world. Any side featuring that calibre of player should be challenging in the top 6, or so you’d imagine, but QPR find themselves languishing at the bottom of the Premier League with just 2 wins in 26 league games this season.
The top players that have been purchased have been thoroughly underwhelming, aside from Julio Cesar, who has shown his world class talent and has been possibly the stand out goalkeeper this season. But that is the one and only positive that can be taken from QPR’s season so far, and if things don’t improve quickly they will be relegated. With 12 games left they find themselves 7 points away from 17th placed Aston Villa, and to survive they will need to win approximately a highly unlikely 7 games out of the remaining 12, and after replacing Mark Hughes with Harry Redknapp their form has seen only a minor improvement.
To survive the drop QPR need a miracle, but Redknapp did it once before with Portsmouth so perhaps he’s the man to master another great escape. Only time will tell.
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This article was first posted on February 14, 2013