Queens Park Rangers drew 0-0 at Swansea City in the Championship last night.
It was only QPR’s fourth clean sheet of the season, and they have one Yoann Barbet to thank for it. The return of the Frenchman has been long-awaited and anticipated, and he didn’t disappoint with arguably his best performance in a QPR shirt last night.
He started alongside Grant Hall in a back-four, his first game in almost four months after picking up a nasty muscle injury in training back in October.
The 26-year-old helped QPR avoid a sixth-straight away defeat in the league which granted them a much-needed point after drawing ever-closer to the relegation zone since New Year.
Here’s his stats from the Swansea game last night:
With five clearances, three interceptions and a tackle to his name, no man was more formidable in the face of Swansea’s attack last night – Barbet was responsible for some fantastic defensive play and one moment which sticks in the mind is his last-ditch clearance to deny Andre Ayew a goal-scoring opportunity in the first-half.
He also embodied a style of play which Mark Warburton donned when he was with Barbet at Brentford as well.
The Frenchman made 41 passes last night and barely put a foot wrong, building attacks from deep and making QPR look like one of the best passing teams in the league.
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Joining from Brentford in the summer on a free, a few people were initially cautious of the signing.
Barbet had a reputation as something of a clumsy defender, one with a habit for giving away needless penalties, but last night he played like a defender with vast Championship experience and he’ll likely play a big part in QPR’s season finale.
Hall and Barbet will likely be the partnership to see QPR into Championship football for another season, but with the former’s contract running out in the summer, Barbet could well partner Conor Masterson next season.
Barbet still has a good few years left in him and after seeing what he’s capable of last night, he and Masterson is a partnership that should excite fans.