Premier League season preview: QPR

Hughes and Fernandes
Manager Mark Hughes and shareholder Tony Fernandes will want to see QPR competing further up the league table this year. Photo: PA

QPR

Manager: Mark Hughes

Position last season: 17th

Nickname: The Rs

Ground: Loftus Road (capacity: 18,360)

Players in: Ryan Nelsen (Tottenham, free), Andrew Johnson (Fulham, free), Robert Green (West Ham, free), Samba Diakite (Nancy, undisclosed), Park Jisung (Manchester United, undisclosed), Fabio (Manchester United, season-long loan), Junior Hoilett (Blackburn, free)

Players out: Patrick Agyemang, Gary Borrowdale, Akos Buzsaky, Lee Cook, Danny Gabbidon, Fitz Hall, Peter Ramage, Danny Shittu, Rowan Vine (all released), Paddy Kenny (Leeds, undisclosed)

Key man: Alejandro Faurlin. QPR's downturn in form last year coincided with the loss of their talismanic midfielder with a cruciate ligament injury. He is only just on his way back, but his dynamism in midfield could be an important part in establishing the Rs as a Premier League force.

Chances: After last season's rollercoaster battling the drop, QPR's owners have spent enough in the summer to make sure there will a much more positive upward movement this season.

Alejandro Faurlin
QPR struggled to cope with the loss of Alejandro Faurlin in January. Credit: PA