QPR have made a strong start to the Championship campaign, and as things stand, they currently occupy a play-off spot.
Despite sitting within the division’s top-six, The R’s are a mere seven points ahead of Bristol City in 19th place, highlighting how close things are in the Championship at present.
QPR are back in league action on Friday evening when they welcome Luton Town to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, with The Hatters five places below them in the second-tier standings.
With Championship football still at a halt because of the international break, here, we take a look at QPR’s strongest XI from the last five years.
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Just about edging The R’s current shot-stopper to a place in this team is Alex Smithies. The now-Cardiff City number one played a starring role in West London between 2015 and 2018, winning several awards at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.
West Brom right-back Darnell Furlong enjoyed four years with The R’s, with the 26-year-old proving to be a real attacking outlet down the right flank, whilst also possessing the defensive capabilities to match.
Rob Dickie emerges as the first current player to make his side, with his dominant displays and composure in possession making him one of the best defenders the club have had in recent memory.
Signing from Manchester City in 2012, Nedum Onouha spent six years as an integral player within the QPR camp, with the Nigerian-born defender starring in the Premier League in three of his six seasons in West London.
Now operating with Swansea City, Jake Bidwell edges out his current teammate Ryan Manning to a starting spot at left-back.
The 28-year-old is another player who possesses the attacking drive to threaten in the final third but is also a strong defensive option.
Stefan Johansen is a player who oozes class in possession and is a real tenacious midfielder when his side does not have the ball at their feet. He was sensational last season for The R’s, and it looks like he is nearing these levels again this time out.
Eberechi Eze has to be one of the most gifted players to kick a football at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, with the winger shining between 2017 and 2020.
Bright Osayi-Samuel had to pick up the creative baton when Eze departed, with the former Blackpool winger playing a starring role straight away.
Passing the torch even further down the line, when Osayi-Samuel, the creative responsibilities fell onto the shoulders of Ilias Chair, and he has been excellent over the last 18 months, and just about edges his Curren teammate Chris Willock.
Charlie Austin was perhaps at his best a little over five years ago, but he was unplayable during his first spell at the club, which ended in 2016.
He has since returned and played a big role in QPR’s revitalised second half of the season last time out but has been deployed less frequently this campaign.