Find a new Ferdinand!
PUBLISHED: 14:05 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 24 August 2010
By Ben Kosky FORMER QPR striker Bradley Allen believes his old club need a new fans favourite up front to have any chance of success next season. Rangers were the joint lowest scorers in the Championship last year and have yet to strengthen their forward
By Ben Kosky
FORMER QPR striker Bradley Allen believes his old club need a new fans' favourite up front to have any chance of success next season.
Rangers were the joint lowest scorers in the Championship last year and have yet to strengthen their forward line this summer.
Only one player - Andy Thomson - has broken the 20-goal barrier in a season for the Rs since Les Ferdinand's heyday and Allen feels they must unearth a worthy successor to his former strike partner.
"A goalscorer can be a focal point of the team that supporters really relate to - and that's something they haven't had for a while," said Allen, who spent eight years with QPR in the top flight.
"Big Les was phenomenally successful in the early 90s. We had smaller people playing off him and chipping in with goals, but that comes at a cost and they need to pinpoint that person.
"Any of the teams that'll have a chance of being in the promotion shake-up in the Championship will need goalscorers with experience at that level - that's what Rangers have been without for the last few seasons.
"This is something Jim Magilton will be trying to address and I'm sure he will be getting some financial backing. One would hope the individual he chooses will be the right one."
Allen, 37, who now combines a coaching role at Tottenham with his work as a radio summariser, watched Rangers several times last season and feels two factors are essential if they are to mount a top six challenge.
Namely, that newly-appointed boss Magilton is afforded longer than the four to six months each of his three predecessors has lasted, and that the team perform consistently well at home.
"Consistency hasn't been there and the club have got to be patient with Jim," added Allen. "He hasn't got huge experience, but he's got some good ideas and enthusiasm and did relatively well at Ipswich.
"If you remember, Ian Holloway had success when he got the supporters on his side and I'd hope Jim will follow the QPR philosophy of playing good football and take them close.
"Rangers will find it difficult, but they were a big strong side under Paulo Sousa and hopefully their home form will be sufficient to give them a good chance.
"If they start really well and turn Loftus Road into a fortress, as well as staying organised on their travels, they might give themselves a chance of the play-offs and I'd think that's the directive Jim would be under from the board."
Magilton was able to take his first look at the squad he inherited from Sousa when the players reported back to Harlington for pre-season training on Wednesday.
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