Steve McClaren is going to have a busy summer as he looks to add to a QPR squad that is looking quite short in certain areas at the moment.
One position the R’s definitely need to strengthen is at centre-back. They weren’t ever blessed with real depth in that area anyway and Nedum Onuouha and Jack Robinson, who filled in there last season, have since left the club.
Therefore, he will be prioritising a defender this summer and one many he could turn to is Derby County’s Alex Pearce, a player McClaren knows well.
Despite only playing seven games last season after struggling to break in ahead of Richard Keogh and Curtis Davies for large parts of the campaign, our graphic shows that Pearce was effective.
He is a no-nonsense defender, physically strong and someone who relishes a battle with the forwards, evident with his aerial duels won per game.
Additionally, his clearances per game proves how he is good at finding the right position to deal with crosses and passes into the box.
Another important factor that would make him a positive signing for the London side is his experience. He is 29-years old and has played a lot of games in the Championship, captaining sides in the past too. That leadership will be crucial in what could be a young R’s side.
Given that, and QPR’s need for a centre-back, it seems as if Pearce could be a perfect fit for the new-look R’s side.
Thoughts, QPR and Derby fans? Let us know in the comments below.
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