QPR boss Mark Hughes confident transfer policy will pay dividends

QPR manager Mark Hughes believes his policy of signing experienced Premier League players will pay dividends

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Mark Hughes is close to signing Michael Dawson and Ricardo Carvalho Photo: The Sport Review

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Mark Hughes believes his transfer strategy of signing established Premier League players at Queens Park Rangers will pay dividends over the course of the season.

The 48-year-old QPR manager has recruited free agents Robert Green, Andy Johnson and Ryan Nelsen this summer, while also bringing in South Korea international Park Ji-Sung in a £1.5m deal from Manchester United.

The Hoops completed a deal for former Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa last week, and Real Madrid’s Ricardo Carvalho is close to sealing a season-long loan to QPR, with Tottenham Hotspur also accepting a £9m bid for Michael Dawson from the west London club.

Hughes, who watched his side lose 5-0 in their season opener against Swansea City, is confident the experience of his new signings will prove crucial in the the Hoops’ bid to become an established top-flight club this term.

“I think if I brought in a shed load of players from Europe who’ve never experienced the Premier League, there would be more of a concern,” Hughes said.

“The majority of them are very well versed in what is required to win Premier League games. That’s why it gives me comfort.”

The former Manchester City manager also brushed aside concerns about how his new-look side will come together, insisting the quality of the signings should ensure a straightforward gelling process.

“There’s always that [questions over how well new signings will gel] when you bring a number of players in,” he added.

“But it’s negated somewhat when they’re quality players. I think maybe players who aren’t of the right level sometimes struggle to adjust to their new surroundings and new places.

“You’ve got a better chance if you make them fully aware what is required of them, and if they’re good players and intelligent players, they’ll take it on more quickly than players with lesser ability.

“From what I’ve seen from the guys we’ve been able to bring in, I don’t sense there’s any apprehension in the way they’re thinking, in terms of how the season will progress for them individually.

“I’m confident because they’re good players, they’ll be able to adjust very quickly.”

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