There is a big laundry list of things new manager Mark Hughes needs to get QPR off and running. The London side have scored just 19 goals, one more than Wigan’s output, the worst in the Premiership. Apart from the scoring woes, one of Hughes’s biggest priorities will be to get Barton to act like the senior citizen he should be at 29 years of age. Not a Twitter fiend, cavorting with the EDL, or getting red carded for bone headed reasons.
The loss of Alejandro Faurlin to an ACL injury that will keep him out till the end of the season has robbed QPR of their one genuine creative hub. Time for Adel Taraabt to step up to the plate. Tony Fernandes has been quite generous with his check book so Mark Hughes will have the option to go to the transfer market to find a replacement. With Hughes’s higher name recognition, overseas prospects become more feasible.
Well, what do you know? Barton is taking a sabbatical from his endless Twitter yakking. This after his jibe at English born Irish origin players who choose to play for Ireland.