It’s no secret that Tony Fernandes and Harry Redknapp have highlighted the need to rebuild the clubs academy and invest into the youth system. The development is a key area that will become ever so vital for the club in the long term future with the homegrown players rule and the fact that the club will be able to blood young talent from the academy. Therefore saving money from not having to pay for talent that has been raised at another club.
Just an hour after posting our first blog , QPR announced the signing of 20 year old Liverpool full back Jack Robinson. The England U21 international has played at every level for England bar the first team. Just hours before completing his move to QPR, Jack was called up to the England U21 squad before making his way down to London to sign for the R’s, pose for photographs and then make his way up north to complete a season long loan to Huddersfield. What a day eh?
Personally I think Jack Robinson is one for the future but is undoubtedly better defensively than Armand Traore. I like the thinking behind this move as it shows signals real long term intent from Tony and Harry and backs up what they said about improving the youth set up. Although Robinson wasn’t brought up through the QPR youth system hopefully in years to come this will be the type of player we will be able to raise. Jack spent time on loan last season at Blackpool where he proved he was one of the best full backs in the Championship. Even though he proved to be poor disciplinary wise (6 yellows and 3 reds) I’m sure this is something Harry will look to iron out. Robinson maintained an average pass rate of 72% a game and won half of his defensive duals. The ability of Jack Robinson is also highlighted by the fact he is the second-youngest ever player to have played for Liverpool, having made his senior debut at the age of 16 years and 250 days.
Another young player to join Rangers is 24 year old English goalkeeper Alex McCarthy of Reading. McCarthy has been widely tipped to be a future English international and is also one of the finest shot stoppers in English football although his distribution and handling needs a little work on. McCarthy stands at 6’4 and has been described as a “traditional English goalkeeper who isn’t afraid to put his head where it hurts”. You may remember McCarthy being named man of the match last season when we drew 1-1 at the Madejski. The Superhoops found him unbeatable that day and it took an inch perfect free kick from Joey Barton to beat him. Like Robinson, McCarthy has also played for England at youth level and is looking to make the step up to the national squad. Whilst Rob Green will most likely remain the number one keeper, McCarthy will provide much needed competition and a great back up for Green should he get injured. McCarthy is a man who is capable of pushing Rob Green for a name on the starting XI each week and will certainly be looking to do that.
In my opinion the signing of Robinson and McCarthy are excellent for QPR as a club, two young English players who in a few years time will be looking to break into the England squad. Having nurtured such players like Raheem Sterling and Peter Crouch in the past, hopefully we can hold off bigger clubs by maintaining Premier League status and look to improve the clubs academy in due course but for once the future is starting to look bright.