Beat around the Bush: QPR fans love a maverick... they should enjoy Tjaronn Chery while they can
PUBLISHED: 14:15 10 September 2015 | UPDATED: 14:18 10 September 2015
Like many QPR fans, I have been quick to praise Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey for their transfer work over the summer and while I don't believe 'peanuts' has been spent to overhaul the squad, the pair have certainly cut costs while making exciting additions.
Massimo Luongo and Grant Hall have both impressed me and I also believe that when Ben Gladwin returns he will be a huge player for the club. However, the real diamond seems to be Dutch playmaker Tjaronn Chery. After slightly drawn out negotiations, QPR managed to seal the talented 27-year-old for a little over £2m – a fee I’m sure most would agree is a snip for a player of his quality.
Rangers have always enjoyed a maverick; over the last two seasons they’ve had two of the biggest Marmite men in football playing for them in Adel Taarabt and Ravel Morrison.
Morrison, for all his critics, did very well in his short time at the club and gave a timely boost as QPR were heading into the final third of the season. Taarabt, on the other hand, arguably won promotion on his own in the Championship scoring 19 goals.
While I don’t think QPR will rely on Chery this year as much as they did the Moroccan in 2011, for me Chery is a far better player and has much more to his game.
One of the things that got many Rangers fans excited about the signing were the Youtube clips of his dead-ball ability – sooner or later one of his free-kicks is going to end up in the back of the net.
Despite his diminutive frame he gets around the pitch, too, and you’ll notice often when Charlie Austin goes to press the ball, Chery will go as well, forcing the opposition to go long.
He doesn’t just stand waiting for the ball, he gets involved in the game and makes things happen. You only need to look at his goal against Rotherham to see an example of this.
After picking up a stray pass, he beat Emmanuel Ledesma with a quick feint before playing James Perch down the right. Despite the move starting midway inside his own half, he was on hand to fire Austin’s lay-off into the bottom left corner just seconds later.
The real trademark of a quality player is their ball retention and how many touches they take when they have the ball, you’ll very rarely see Chery overplay it or get caught out. Ferdinand and Ramsey truly believe that once settled, Chery will be a real gem and could play for a top Premier League side. From what I have seen so far, I make them right. Let’s enjoy him while we can.
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