Nedum Onuoha: We will earn our right to be back in the Premier League
PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 August 2016
Nedum Onuoha believes QPR will fully earn their place back in the top flight when they next gain promotion – hailing the different path the club have now gone down.
After years of lavish spending and high-profile players coming through the door, Onuoha believes the club are now set up to achieve something really special, with the aim of eventually becoming an established Premier League side in the future.
He told the Times: “With the way the club was in the past players came in from all parts of the world with all different successes behind them, whereas now the squad is on the up and we all want to achieve something in football and with QPR.
“Everyone’s united together and want to achieve the same goal, whereas people in the past here have won the Champions League and so forth, but they were in the same dressing room with someone who might not have played in the Premier League before, so you can’t really relate with each other.
“I think people have realised this is a great place to be to fulfil your potential, and hopefully in a year’s time we’ll be talking about us being back in the Premier League.”
He continued: “That season when we went up with Harry (Redknapp) we kept most of our players from when we got relegated, and added to the squad quite significantly as well.
“The chairman (Tony Fernandes) invested a lot of money into the club in the hope of us bouncing back at the first attempt, which we did –albeit fortuitously.
“It’s completely different now, we need to build the club and earn promotion this time and hopefully establish ourselves in the top flight.
“You don’t just want to be there because you need to be there, you’ve got to be ready to be there.
“Jimmy (Floyd Hasselbaink) has got a different mentality and approach to the game than other managers I’ve played under here.
“He’s made it clear how he wants us to play as a team.
“I believe when we do go back up we’ll be far more prepared for it than we were before and in a much stronger position.”
Onuoha has been particuarly impressed with the progress Grant Hall has made since joining from Tottenham last year.
The former Brighton trainee has been a revelation at the heart of the defence, and Onuoha believes he has what it takes to play at the top level.
“I’ve played a lot with Grant Hall, and he’s as good as a lot of the players I’ve played with in the top flight,” revealed Onuoha.
“So to see someone like Grant get into the Premier League with QPR would bring me as much joy as myself getting back there.
“He’s a very talented centre half – we’ve had quite a few of them at QPR over the years – but Grant is right up there and his career is on the rise. These are the players you want.
“Everyone is hungry. I’d love to see a lot of the players in this team go and play in the Premier League.”