QPR Without Four Top Players For Trip To Tyneside

Mark Hughes was officially appointed manager of QPR yesterday, in place of the sacked Neil Warnock.

Mark Hughes – the new QPR manager

So there’s a bit of a danger that QPR could play well at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, as usually happens when a new manager takes over.

Just look what happened with Sunderland when Martin O’Neil took over,  and they won five of the first seven games in all competitions under the Irishman, and they are now in 10th place in the league,  9 points behind the Magpies.

QPR failed to sign Alex from Chelsea yesterday, as the Brazilian would prefer a move to a club outside the Premier League, or that was the story anyway.

And the London club, who we luckily drew 0-0 with earlier in the season, at their small Loftus Road Stadium, are without four key players for Sunday’s game.

Joey Barton is suspended, so he will not be returning to Newcastle, after he got himself foolishly sent off  against Norwich for head-butting another player.

Adel Taarabt and Armand Traore are away on African Cup of Nations duty,  and of course Newcastle will be without two of their best players, Tiote and Ba who are also preparing for the African tournament.

And Ba scored the only goal in yesterday’s 1-0 win by Senegal over Sudan, and he posted it on his Twitter account.

QPR’s Alejandro Faurlin is now  out for the season,  and the Argentine midfielder had played every minute in the Premier League, but was taken off on a stretcher in Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup third round draw away to MK Dons with an ACL  knee injury.

Goalkeeper Paddy Kenny is a doubt for the game with a hip problem, and  former Tottenham goalkeeper,  37 year-old Radek Cerny will come in between the sticks.

Newcastle should be able to win this game, but it’s made  a little bit harder with Mark Hughes having just  taken over the reigns at the London club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

51 comments so far

  • Gateshead_Geordie

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Faurlin will be a big miss for them as will Traore. Reckon Sparky will park the bus and play for the draw. Still think we have enough to get through this comfortably.

  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Alex should sign for them, come the Summer he would be playing outside the Premier League 😉

  • JackButler

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    With a new manager in charge, the players will be fired up, will be a very tough game

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    The Independant is saying talks with Erdinc have broken down

  • stuart no9

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    QPR ” without 4 top players on sat ” thats ok so are we .what bothers me is as always , new manager, 1st game , could be a tough one. I would take 1-0 bennie to score 2nd half , in a drab game . Dont know why.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    interesting to see that alot of manchester united fans are hating the fact that Ravel Morrison could be allowed to leave. They believe he has the potential to be a world class player. They want Pogba, Ravel to start for united in the league and are hating SAF for not doing that.

    So it seems like Ravel Morrison is a central midfield. Much like Vuckic. Abeid is more of a defensive midfielder. We already have Vuckic and Ben Arfa there. Unless Pardew plans on Ravel being a striker or a right winger i don’t want him here.

  • Gateshead_Geordie

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Honestly can’t see were the threat from QPR comes from, Willo is more than a match for Helguson, Santon and Jonas will keep SWP quiet.

  • Dannyo

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t rate Hughes all that highly. Higher than Warnock, but he’ll struggle against relegation aswell imo.

  • JackButler

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Ravel Morrison is someone we need to stay away from. Two counts of witness intimidation, several assault charges.
    If Fergie can’t get this kid into line Pardew has no chance with him, we have enough issues with the likes of Ranger as it is, without adding to our ‘Gangsta’ network

  • Colo-Sus

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    @GT 89

    That article in the independant Re Carroll and Erdinc, states the negotiations broke down, it means last summer when we were in for him, if your read it properly it says we have re-kindled our interest and that Pardew remains interested,


  • Colo-Sus

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Its not sayinf any current talks have broken down at all!

    My opinion is that we will not sign anyone…..itll be a last day rush with no reward as usual and we will say we tried etc etc…

    Wise up lads

  • Gateshead_Geordie

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Maybe Ravel needs to get away from manchester, he is only young and al bet he is influenced by hangers on. A change of scenery and a fresh start could be just what he needs.

  • Colo-Sus

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #13

    I am all for the approach we take in the transfer market Re young players, and extensive scouting I think Carr is a genius. I just wish we would buy a couple of marquee players. I honestly think that on paper we have one of the best teams in the league.

    It wont happen but I think is we bought say…

    Sow Pappis Cisse or De Jong


    Pieters /Cissokho

    We could challenge for the title..

    WHY NOT?

    we have shown that we can play with the top clubs on our day,

    We just lack those couple of players I think.

    I love the way things are going at NUFC


  • hrocks

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    bas goal

    qpr bid for pienaar looks like they will be talking about more players than arry

  • Graeme

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    When AC was in the poo they moved him in with Nolan to get him on the “Straight & Narrow”!!

    I guess Ravel will be lodging with Mr Shearer – they can share their love of culture and Ravel can learn how to be a professional!!!

    Sounds a dream made in heaven.

  • solano

    Jan 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #16

    This match could be x-rated! Hughes’s teams are always overly aggressive and with so many of his top players misssing, I can’t see them being progressive and positive. His outlet lies in the limited dwarf on the right who always seems to play well against us – we need to be wary of the old proverbial “sucker punch”. An early goal from us may change the complexion of what I fear maybe a third rate Rourke’s Drift

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #17

    hrocks @ 14, Noisy crowed.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #18

    gateshead goerdie

    That didn’t work for ranger. these players aren’t the brightest and will always have hangers on wherever they go

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #19

    I hope we tank them & hope they get relegated…
    Championship club!!

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #20

    With a few players missing they’re Championship standard. A team full of journeymen and that fogey Derry in CM, hope we give them a hiding.

  • Colo-Sus

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #21

    What is everyone opinion on Potential signings?
    I personally dont hold out much hope Re my earlier post,
    But could we get Erding? Who will be the CB?


  • Cheick and Bake

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #22

    I think the cb will be tomkins or someone similar

  • Colo-Sus

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #23

    I cant see it being Tomkins…

    We wont pay their asking price for him and tbh Leon Best made him look ordinary when we played them last.

    Everton have signed Gibson from Manure btw,,,4 and a half year deal

  • martoon

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #24

    I don’t know why but I have always disliked Mark Hughes. I think it is because of the style his teams play and he is as big a winger as Wenger. Think you are all right he will ‘park the bus’ and it will be a drab game – I just hope we have enough to score without Demba.

  • ganiyu

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #25

    this game should be an easy 3 points imo and i am still hoping we can get tevez this january window.

  • Gateshead_Geordie

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #26

    So do we go with Best, Shola or both…

  • hrocks

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #27
  • Toon Tang

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #28

    on paper we should comfortably nail em. wba says it wont be as straight forward as we think. new manager syndrome and all.

    stick prior up front and let him lead the line as lone gunner. saw his goal for the reserves and thought he had a decent game.

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #29

    Shola and Vuckic for me, with HBA on the RW.

  • Eastander

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #30

    seriously what is it about mark lawrenson and us!! 1-1 prediction, absolute tool bag he is like

  • jayphoto

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #31

    Think Ravel Morrison could go either way…. alot of Man Utd fans were calling on him to start ahead of Rooney when Rooney wasn’t scoring in december! I saw SAF say Morrison has more potential than any player he’s ever seen come through their academy, general consensus is that he could be come world class! Anything under 2m and we should grab him if thats the case! I mean come on lads, George Best, maradonna, erick cantona were 3 of the worst behaved problem players of all time! And noone here can say they wouldn’t have put up with them being douches if they’d have brought their talent to Newcastle! I mean comeon, most people on here backed Barton to the full when he was here, some are still complaining that he left and he was only a half decent player for 1 year out of 4 for us! I’d love to see Morrison given a chance for us!

  • Mark.J

    Jan 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #32


    Ravel Morrison

    ‘Magic at his feet’ apparently, worth a listen…

  • Dannyo

    Jan 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Reports from L’Equipe that we’ve bid £10 million for Cissokho!
    Imo, it’s bull…

  • stuart no9

    Jan 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #34

    hrocks@27 nice one – i nearly soiled myself ! haha

  • Toonboy_84

    Jan 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #35

    I think It’s bull too. Would love it to be true though.

  • Geordie-Jake

    Jan 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Apparently stoke are after maiga

  • Ollieh51

    Jan 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #37

    @ Dannyo – I doubt it too…

    We were looking at £7m before and Arsenal were looking for what was rumoured to be around £8-9m?

    I doubt we would pay that much for anybody.

  • Klatoon

    Jan 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Cissokho and Santon as fullbacks…what are we,Real madrid or Barca? 🙂

  • hrocks

    Jan 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #39

    it says they would accept a 10m bid. no chance his contracts up in 3.5 years were waiting to get him on a free

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #40

    I hope its a first rate Rourkes drift,I havent been since the Chelsea game and want to see us give someone a right royal humping and listening to Hughes whinging after the game would make my day.


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