With QPR and Reading being relegated today, it’s hard to evaluate where it has all gone wrong.
Reading are relegated after just one season back in the top flight whilst QPR have suffered from the infamous second season syndrome.
Despite the similar peril the two clubs face, the state of them couldn’t be more different.
Reading’s problem is obvious. They did not invest heavily enough into the club following promotion last summer. The club spent less than £10 million including £3 million on center back Adrian Mariappa.
The lack of Premier League experience in their side has shown throughout the season.
The club have also conceded far too many goals, the most in the league (65) and the most at home (31). The lack of an experienced center half has shown. Reading have also recorded the least amount of clean sheets in the league.
Scoring goals hasn’t been such a big problem for Reading. The Royals have scored more goals than Aston Villa, Stoke and Norwich, whilst equaling Wigan’s tally. (37)
They have failed to score in 12 games which is actually less than top half Swansea. (13)
To assess where QPR’s problems lie is a much trickier ball game.
The club has spent in the region of £40 million, including big money on big name players such as Loïc Rémy, Estaban Granero and Cristopher Samba.
Again, with other signings such as Julio Cesar, Jose Bosingwa, Park Ji-Sung and Stephan M’Bia, QPR had plenty of talent and experience.
So where did it all go wrong? Too many big names for the club? Too much expectation?
Even with the experienced Harry Redknapp at the helm, he has been unable to get the best out of an unarguably talented squad. On paper Rangers should be no where near the bottom 3, but matches and points are not won on paper.
QPR have struggle massively for goals this season, scoring only 29 goals, the divisions lowest total.
There is the argument that with the money the players are on a week they have no passion for the club and are just there to earn a few quid before they retire.
Some say too many new signings mean there is no unity in the squad. These players are used to playing for teams that are winning and have no backbone when things go against them.
Will either or both teams manage to bounce back at the first time of asking?
Obviously it is hard to tell at this stage. I would argue that Reading, at this point in time, have the best chance of doing just that. They have a much more stable squad and where they lacked in Premier League experienced, they have more than enough Championship know how. A lot will change at QPR this summer. One would have to expect a fire sale of their big earners and whether this will have too much of an effect on the team will become clear in August.