Rafa Is Spoiled For Choice For Tomorrow Night

It’s going to be interesting to see what team Rafa puts out tomorrow night for the tough game against QPR, who are fancied to be promotion candidates this season.

It’s always a difficult game at Loftus Road and with a home game coming up against Wolves on Saturday afternoon we expect Rafa to make maybe four changes to the side that won 2-0 at Pride Park (iPro) Stadium on Saturday.

What those changes will be is a very good question.


Christian Atsu in training – he could start tomorrow

Players who will be considered for tomorrow night include Isaac Hayden, Ciaran Clark, Ayoze Perez, Jesus Gamez, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Grant Hanley  and some of our new signings like Daryl Murphy, DeAndre Yedlin, Christian Atsu and Achraf Lazaar.

That’s a lot of players that Rafa can bring in and one reason for that is that we only have two players out injured at the moment – Rob Elliot and Rolando Aarons.

Rafa was yesterday checking on the condition and fitness of the players so he can make some decisions on what the starting eleven is for tomorrow night.

After the win at Derby on Saturday Rafa was asked if any of the new signings would be involved on Tuesday night at Loftus Road:

“Yeah. At the moment the way that we work is that we will fly back, we will see if we have any problems in our training sessions.”

“Then after, depending on how the players feel, we will start analysing the options and then we will decide.”

“Then, maybe some of them can play, maybe some of them will say: ‘No chance.’” “But at the moment I cannot say to you who will play.”

Rafa obviously wants to keep the winning streak going so he will be very careful not to make too many changes and he’s unlikely to bring in new players until he is certain they are ready and know exactly what their jobs are.

It’s a game we have to win tomorrow night to keep the win streak going as long as possible.

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5 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Sep 12, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Kabul Fish

    you the pastor out there ………….behold ……….amen to that !!!!

  • Markaccus

    Sep 12, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Still can’t see too many changes. He rotates, but not excessively. I think this seasons surprise performers may het a rest, so maybe Yedlin will start at RB for Anita, and Perez might get the nod ahead of Goofy. Lazaar and atsu to get a game off the bench.

  • Blofal

    Sep 12, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s hard to pick what team tomorrow night.

    I know Benitez will not want to take risks putting too many new players into the same team.

    I think we might see Yedlin start at RB to give Anita a rest.

    Atsu will be used as a sub before he starts a game so our only other option on the right is Ritchie. Mind Yedlin can start RW and Gamez can play RB.

    Gouffran should be able to start as he didn’t play the full game against Derby.

    I think we might see Lascelles and Hanley paired at CB. I wouldn’t be surprised if Murphy starts. Mitrovic looked very unfit on international duty. Perez can’t play the lone striker role effectively in my opinion. Then again Gayle could start again.

    So yeh. No idea!

  • lochinvar

    Sep 12, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Somewhere along the line Rafa will give a rest to some key players such as Gayle and Gouffron and Diame and I wonder if they then go on the bench for certain games and can be brought on if the game position requires it or are rested completely. It’s a good dilemma to have.
    If Mitro or Murphy start then that will dictate who else plays to feed them…possibly Perez and Atsu ?
    If they all play with the energy and purpose that is starting to permeate through the team then has to be a strong sign that Rafa really has changed the club culture for the better.

  • Mitrogoal

    Sep 12, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Personally, I would like to see this lineup:

    Yedlin – Mbemba – Lascelles – Dummett
    Hayden – Shelvey
    Ritchie – Diame – Gouffran

    – Think Anita needs to rest
    – Murphy has played this fixture before
    – Goofy is in great shape, needs to keep it up
    – Wouldn’t experiment too much in defence away from home. If we are winning, I would like to see Lazaar, Mitrovic and Atsu get some playing time in the second half.


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