Kyle Promises More Determination As Tottenham Face QPR

TottenhamTottenham Hotspurs defender, Kyle Walker, insists the players are ready to give 100 per cent again at Queens Park Rangers, despite the intense fixture schedule in recent weeks.

Spurs travel to Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon, three days after defeating Swansea City at White Hart Lane and just six days on from the Capital One Cup Final defeat to Chelsea at Wembley.

The Europa League trip to Italy in the last midweek adds up to a congested spell of matches – but right-back Kyle says everyone is raring to go as ever, as they come up against a Rangers side managed by Chris Ramsey, a former Spurs coach.

“The training that we put in throughout the week is very intense and the gaffer makes sure that we can go for the 90 minutes at all times,” he said.

“To be fair we’ve got a lot of good cover on the bench as well, so we’re not just an 11-man squad – we have strength in depth.

“We roll onto QPR now, which is another London derby, so we need to go there and take the game to them as we took it to Swansea in the second half on Wednesday.

“Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand know us well but we need to play our game as I’ve said all season, take one game at a time and hopefully we should get the three points.”

Reflecting on the 3-2 win over Swansea, Kyle regretted the manner in which the team conceded in both halves against the South Wales club.

“I feel that teams are coming here sometimes and we’re probably giving them a bit too easy goals from a defensive point of view, but we showed good character in the second half to come back out and do the attacking.

“With them playing the diamond, it gave us license to go forward a little bit and we saw a good few balls into the box. Danny Rose set up the first goal which was vital to keeping us on track.”

Fellaini injury a chance for QPR against Everton – Hughes

Mark Hughes has started dreaming of QPR’s opportunity to gather points that they are in dying need of against Everton with the news of Marouane Fellaini not being able to make the trip to Loftus Road due to injury for the next round of the Premier League fixtures this weekend.

Fellaini has been confirmed to be side-lined for three weeks with a knee problem sustained in Everton’s latest draw with Wigan and he has since undergone scans while on international duty with Belgium.

He is certain to miss Belgium’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers and the trip to QPR is also liable to come too soon, which could make 2/1 decent value on Hughes’ men gaining a first triumph of the season.

Fellaini, along with Leighton Baines, has been especially important in Everton’s start, playing in an advanced role behind leading striker Nikica Jelavic.

His supreme size has not only resulted in him winning a large percentage of headers, but also bringing the ball down in advanced areas to tee up the likes of Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar.

Fellaini was especially unplayable in the season opener with Manchester United and has certainly developed since being promoted into the role vacated by Tim Cahill’s summer departure.

What is also apparent that Everton suffered a substantial dip in victories last season with Fellaini absent, which included home defeats against QPR and Bolton.

With Fellaini expected to miss no more than a maximum of two games, his injury will not single-handedly ruin Everton’s charge towards the top four, but will have a negative impact.

Everton are currently 7/1 to finish in the top four and the pressure will be on either Steven Naismith or Kevin Mirallas to step into Fellaini’s particularly large shoes to prevent the flying start to the season from derailing.

Alternatively, David Moyes may decide to tinker with his formation slightly for a couple of games that may see Pienaar employed more centrally in the hope of supplying more killer passes to an in-form Jelavic.

 

Esteban Granero ready for Chelsea in weekend derby

Esteban Granero said he cant wait to make his home debut for QPR in this weekend’s derby clash with Chelsea.

Rangers face a tough task against the in-form Premier League leaders, who have made a brilliant start to their campaign.

And the midfielder, recently signed from Real Madrid, says he is well aware that local pride will be at stake when Roberto Di Matteo’s side visit Loftus Road.

“Chelsea is one of the great teams and also our neighbours. QPR supporters are very excited by this game and expect a good game,” he said.

“It’s a great game for our supporters against our neighbours. It’s not just about three points – it’s more important than that.

“The supporters of QPR are looking forward to this game and so am I – my first game at Loftus Road.”

New-look Rangers have drawn at Norwich and lost at Manchester City since being thumped 5-0 at home by Swansea on the opening day of the season.

But Granero insisted: “At first it’s normal to take time to get to know each other as we have a lot of new players. We will have a good season.

“We have only one point but it’s not the way it’s going to be. This season is going to be great – I can see it.”

 

 

QPR to sign Chelsea defender; Bosingwa

Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal to have Jose Bosingwa Chelsea’s defender move to Loftus Road so as to play his trade for QPR.

Bosingwa was lucky to mark the end of his contract last season with a Champions League and FA Cup dramatic win for his Stamford bridge club after which he was released by Chelsea.

QPR Boss Mark Hughes has confirmed that discussions on Portuguese fullback’s transfer is now at the advanced stage and if the deal is sealed then Bosingwa can now be set to cross the west London divide as he concluded that QPR is very keen to sign him over which will be concluded in the next few hours.

Mark Hughes said “He is the right quality and has a lot of football left in him as well, he is only 29 and we would be delighted if we could bring him to the club.

“I think he now understands what we are trying to do here and that is why players of his ilk are seriously considering coming to Queens Park Rangers now.” he concluded.