Nowhere to Heid, but Helguson will do fine
PUBLISHED: 12:38 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 16:09 23 July 2010
By Ben Kosky PETER Ramage is backing Heidar Helguson to be a hit at QPR despite the striker s embarrassing miss only minutes into his debut on Saturday. The experienced ex-Watford and Fulham frontman squandered a golden opportunity to break the deadlock a
By Ben Kosky
PETER Ramage is backing Heidar Helguson to be a hit at QPR despite the striker's embarrassing miss only minutes into his debut on Saturday.
The experienced ex-Watford and Fulham frontman squandered a golden opportunity to break the deadlock after replacing Daniel Parejo as a half-time substitute at Selhurst Park, but Ramage is confident his new team-mate will come good.
"Heidar could have won it and that chance probably came too early for him. But you've seen from 45 minutes what a quality player he is - his hold-up play's excellent," said Ramage.
"I've played against him in previous games and he's a quality player who's going to add competition to the forwards we've got and hopefully give us that bit of experience to help us up the league.
"Heidar's settled in well - he knows quite a few of the lads anyway and obviously he played with Gavin Mahon at Watford. He's not the kind of character who shies away in the corner, he's very expressive."
Helguson, 31, finally agreed to join Rangers on loan from Bolton last week after initially backing out of a deal which would have kept him at Loftus Road until the close of the January transfer window, and considering alternatives.
Injuries had restricted the Icelandic striker to just two appearances this season - and 10 in total - since he joined the Trotters from Fulham in the summer of 2007.
And Helguson was accompanied through the front entrance at Loftus Road by a more unexpected loan signing, Coventry City reserve full-back Gary Borrowdale - who was farmed out to Colchester earlier in the season.
But Ramage, who has been QPR's first choice right-back for most of the season so far, is unfazed by the increased competition for places, admitting: "You want it and you don't want it.
"On one hand it keeps you on your toes, on the other hand if you don't play well there's somebody waiting to come in. But it's a long hard season - we're not even halfway through - and we're going to need more players."
Borrowdale, 23, who was an unused substitute against former club Crystal Palace, is expected to be in the Rangers squad again when they face Championship leaders Wolves in a televised clash at Loftus Road this Saturday (kick-off 5.20pm).
Damiano Tomassi is set to deputise for Mikele Leigertwood, who is serving a one-match ban, but Argentinean craftsman Emmanuel Ledesma is available again after completing a suspension of his own at Selhurst Park.
"We caught a little bit of Wolves on TV [against Birmingham] before the Palace game and we're excited about playing them," Ramage added.
"They're top of the table, but Birmingham were up there and we raised our game that little bit more. If we get the crowd behind us in the same way, it'll really help, so hopefully we can repeat that performance and get a win.