McClaren pleased with impact QPR loan signings have had
PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 September 2018
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Tomer Hemed, Nahki Wells and Geoff Cameron have all joined Rs on loan for the season
Steve McClaren hopes his recent loan signings for Queens Park Rangers can continue to have an impact when Norwich City visit in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.
After a sluggish start to the campaign which saw the Rs collect no points from their first four league games, McClaren made moves in the loan market.
Brighton & Hove Albion forward Tomer Hemed and Burnley striker Nahki Wells were first through the door on loan, while Geoff Cameron also joined from Stoke City on August 31.
Since QPR have bolstered their squad with some loan signings, they are unbeaten in four league games and have taken 10 points from a possible 12.
McClaren hailed the impact the trio have already had, and hopes it continues for many weeks to come.
“As soon as they came through the door, you could see these were experienced Premier League players coming to help us and that’s what we said to the three of them,” said the 57-year-old.
“We had to be patient with the restrictions and we had to wait for the loan market to open.
“The owners and the board spend a lot of money to strengthen this team, and they’ve gone out and got some very, very good players.
“We’re delighted with the support we’ve got from the board and delighted with the response we’ve got on the field.
“From the first day they’ve made a huge difference, but the rest of the team are working hard as well.
“They’ve lifted us all because we never looked like scoring before. It’s about players and if you’ve got good players, you’ve got a good chance of winning football matches.
“Getting those three, good players has given us a better chance and I think the other players have taken that on board and are starting to produce as well.”
QPR face Norwich having beaten Millwall 2-0 at home on Tuesday night — a result that took them to within three points of the top six in the league.
It has been some response from the Rs to losing their opening four league games of the campaign and the team’s confidence is growing game-by-game.
McClaren will hope his side can further add to that by getting the better of the Canaries and feels another positive result on Saturday could set the tone for the campaign.
“At half-time against Millwall (when QPR were 2-0 up) we said this was going to be a big week, we started it well and continued it,” he added.
“I said: ‘Don’t spoil it and don’t lose your focus for Saturday’. It’s a huge game for us, a big game and the result of that can have a significant impact on what we do.”