Chris Ramsey and his Queens Park Rangers are off to a decent start in their quest to achieve promotion back to the Premier League, and big striker Charlie Austin is a big reason.
The 26-year-old striker has four goals in five matches to begin new life in the Championship, with the R’s off to a 3-1-1 start. And Ramsey dodged a summer transfer window that saw his star man connected with moves to Newcastle, Tottenham and other destinations.
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Either the $22 million price tag was too much, Austin didn’t like the new club, or there was another factor that kept Austin at Loftus Road.
Whether he’ll stay longer is another question. Ramsey’s unsure whether table success can keep Austin with QPR, especially given this summer’s big tournament in France.
From the London Evening Standard:
“Everyone has their price. Whatever happens, we have to do what’s best for QPR. If selling Charlie at that time is the right thing for QPR, then I’m sure the owners will make that decision at the time.
“We are in a financial situation that we need to address and Charlie as an individual has a dream of playing at Euro 2016. If Charlie performs as he has been the last few games, then I’m sure a Premier League club of his liking will come in for him.”
That’ll perk the ears and open the eyes of Premier League suitors. Austin continues to prove that his striking success is far from a fluke, regardless of league level.
Chris Ramsey would like to boost Queens Park Rangers right back into the Premier League, and keeping Charlie Austin and Matty Phillips sure would help that quest.
Both both players are in demand after strong Premier League campaigns for a bad QPR side. Austin’s been linked with Newcastle and Spurs all summer, while Phillips has been mentioned as a target for West Bromwich Albion.
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After the R’s still-suspect defense put them in a 2-0 at Wolverhampton on Wednesday, Austin nodded home a Phillips pass. Then Phillips scored a pair of his own to give QPR its first win of this spin through the Championship.
Ramsey hopes to keep his lads, and thinks maybe these performances will make the asking price too rich for the Premier League’s blood.
From the BBC:
“Matty is a match-winner on his day and he is someone who will always need marking. I’m really hoping we will have him but no-one can tell, people make knee-jerk reactions and spend money they don’t have. I hope that will add another zero.
“I am very pleased with the respect Matt and Charlie have shown the club. They have been very professional in the way they have conducted themselves. Charlie is fitter now than the opening day and his hold-up play has answered a few questions people have.”
If Austin’s goals last season were the gin in QPR’s drink, then Phillips’ service was the tonic. Each would fit on almost any PL club going, and you have to think some desperate team is going to tempt Tony Fernandes’ check book. But if he has instant promotion ambitions, perhaps he can hang onto his best players for a few more months.
Queens Park Rangers became the second casualty of the Premier League relegation zone, falling 6-0 at Manchester City on Sunday morning.
Manager Chris Ramsey had plenty to say after the loss. He wants to stick around and help the R’s earn promotion, and he’s a bit stunned at how his team looked in such a crucial fixture.
[ MATCH RECAP: Man City 6-0 QPR ]
Even with the odds stacked against their survival, Ramsey expected more.
From the BBC:
“We came here with a lot of hope, shot ourselves in the foot and gave away three set-pieces which they scored from. On the day we didn’t really turn up and they are a very good team. The boys will be very disappointed in the way they performed. We are really feel sorry for the travelling fans.
“As you can imagine the dressing room is very, very quiet. I don’t think it’s a time for post mortems, our fate is what it is. The club is in a rebuilding phase now and would have been anyway regardless of today. There are lots of people at the club who will be extremely disappointed in the way we conducted ourselves today.”
It’s a lot to take for fans of the R’s, who will now have to hope for a rebuilt unit to quickly thrive in the Championship. Twelve players are out of contract, including Joey Barton and Bobby Zamora.
Tony Fernandez has the money to bring in help, but also consider that Charlie Austin, Robert Green and Matt Phillips will be among those sought after in the transfer market. This time, going back up is going to be much, much tougher.
Queens Park Rangers’ descent back into the Premier League may’ve began before this season, as Harry Redknapp’s rich-monied side needed the playoffs to earn promotion back to England’s top-flight.
The London club rarely looked prepared to stay up with the PL big boys during the season, and even the ouster of Redknapp couldn’t change the quality on the pitch.
[ MATCH RECAP: Man City 6-0 QPR ]
With Chris Ramsey at the helm, the R’s couldn’t find enough points. And in Sunday’s relegation clincher, a 6-0 drubbing at Manchester City, the R’s could barely scrape together a wall, let alone a game.
And so our crew digs through the mess to see just how bad this season was for fans of QPR.
Pressed numerous times to blame something for Queens Park Rangers’ late loss to Chelsea, manager Chris Ramsey offered no excuses.
“At the moment, we’re playing well and not picking up points at home which is disappointing for the fans,” Ramsey said. “We really want to give them something to shout bout at home. The performances have been good but the detail of how we are letting in these soft soft goals this campaign is alarming.”
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QPR locked down Chelsea well for 88 minutes before conceding a late winner to Cesc Fabregas. The goal came after a terrible punt from goalkeeper Robert Green, but Ramsey wouldn’t even blame his shot stopper for the loss.
“It’s a bad kick and we had ample opportunities to defend it and we didn’t,” Ramsey said.
“I think at the moment we have been a little bit unlucky with some of the performances before but this is the most disappointing one because the point was there to be had and maybe three, and a lapse in concentration means we’re still below the line. It’s a point lost today.”
Despite this, Ramsey believes their Premier League status is still very much there to be grasped. “We believe that we can turn it around,” Ramsey said, “and I think that if we keep on going and doing what we’ve been showing, we’ll be there right to the end. But one thing’s for sure, if we don’t clear up those soft goals we won’t be giving ourselves the best possible chance.”