Queens Park Rangers have slipped to 9th in the Championship table after a 2-0 defeat to Leeds United at the weekend, and Mark Warburton might want to make a couple of changes before their next outing.
It was a routine home win for Marcelo Bielsa’s side on Saturday – goals in either half from Tyler Roberts and Jack Harrison saw them go joint-top with Preston and Swansea City before West Brom’s win last night.
The away performance though heralded some positives for QPR, who saw defender Lee Wallace make his debut after signing in the summer.
His presence gave QPR a certain air of confidence at the back that they’ve lacked in games this season, and the back-three of Grant Hall, Toni Leistner and Wallace looked unnerved as they played the game from the back.
Warburton will be learning plenty about his players with each passing game, and Leeds would’ve been no exception to that. Here we take a look at two QPR players who are currently at risk of being dropped:
Few players in the Championship are as decorated as Rangel. The Spaniard turned 37-years-old at the end of last month and to celebrate, made his 11th league appearance of the season for QPR.
A promotion winner from League One and the Championship with Swansea City in the past, and a League Cup winner with them too, the experiences that Rangel brings with him to QPR are immeasurable to the younger members of the team, and to those playing alongside him.
On Saturday though, Rangel’s age began to show as the game ticked on. He wasn’t awful by any means that day, but his pace (or lack of) allowed Leeds a lot of luck on Rangel’s right-hand side – for the first goal where Harrison had picked out Roberts, Rangel had given Harrison far too much room in the box as to not get turned over by the winger.
Todd Kane came on in the second-half, and looked to work the wing-back position much more effectively – we could well see Kane coming in for Rangel in the coming games.
Barbet is another player who Warburton brought into the club for free in the summer, having previously worked with the Frenchman in his time at Brentford.
He’s been a useful signing so far, having featured 12 times for QPR in the Championship this season. He’s missed the last two games through injury and now with Wallace stepping in and doing the job, it may keep Barbet out of the squad when he returns to fitness.
The 26-year-old has had his moments in defence but he’s a player who fans always suspects has a mistake in him. He has been a liability at times for Warburton this season, and Wallace proves a much better fit at the back for QPR.