Queens Park Rangers fans will be hoping for much better from their side when the new Championship season gets underway next month.
The Hoops laboured to an 18th place finish in the second tier last term and eventually ended up just two points clear of safety, with seven defeats from their last eight games highlighting the immense job Ian Holloway has got on his hands over the summer.
The former Blackpool and Crystal Palace boss took over at Loftus Road last November but they didn’t really improve that much under the 54-year-old, but with a full pre-season and transfer window over the summer, the West London outfit will hope to climb the table next term.
Yet, with just ten days to go until they open up their Championship campaign against last season’s beaten play-off finalists Reading, QPR have been reasonably inactive in the transfer window, yet one man they could target is Cardiff midfielder Craig Noone.
The 29-year-old has been at the South Wales outfit since 2010 and has been a regular feature in their side since then, including helping them to win promotion to the Premier League back in 2013.
Yet it doesn’t look like he has a future at the club under Neil Warnock, with the Bluebirds chief recently stating that: ‘I think he needs a move and I think he’ll do well for the team he goes to, but I’m not in a rush.’
And with an experienced Championship player who is proven at this level available for transfer, Holloway and the QPR hierarchy must look to land him this summer to help in their bid to stave off relegation.
Noone’s overall Championship record isn’t anything to write home about, bagging 19 goals and laying on 23 assists overall, but with 215 games at this level and several impressive seasons over the years, he would certainly do a job for a QPR side lacking in creativity and flair.
The 29-year-old may have only registered three assists for the Bluebirds last season, but that tally would have had him second on the assists’ charts at QPR, while his tally of 28 chances created would have had him fourth on the Hoops list.
And with just 52 goals scored last term, it’s clear that greater attacking reinforcements are needed at Loftus Road going into next season, as is the need for experienced Championship players who know what it takes to succeed in the division.
Noone played a huge part in helping Cardiff secure promotion back in 2013, and although his form hasn’t been as good in recent times, he’s clearly capable of getting to a high level – he even showed glimpses of it by netting in successive games against Derby and Rotherham last season.
And with excellent crossing ability, close control, and a desire to take defenders on, as well as the likely need for a fresh start, he’d be an ideal addition to this QPR side, and one Holloway and the club must look to try and secure this summer.
Their West London rivals Brentford are 5/1 to sign Paul Onuachu and with others around them looking to strengthen, it essential that QPR do the same.