Bidwell insists there’s plenty to be positive about for QPR despite a ‘difficult summer’
PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 August 2018
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In an article from our ‘Kick-Off’ pullout, QPR defender Jake Bidwell previews the Sky Bet Championship season
The summer has not been kind for Queens Park Rangers, with the club replacing their manager, seeing key players depart and having to pay a hefty fine for breaking Finanical Fair Play (FFP) rules.
Former Rs boss Ian Holloway has been replaced in the dugout by Steve McClaren; last season’s club captain Nedum Onuoha departed on a free transfer; custodian Alex Smithies joined Cardiff City for a relatively low fee of just £4m; and QPR agreed a £42m settlement with the EFL, as well as accepting a transfer ban for 2019, after breaching spending rules in their promotion-winning 2013/14 season.
You could forgive QPR fans for not exactly being overly optimistic about the season ahead, but defender Jake Bidwell insists there are reasons to be positive.
The 25-year-old points to the club having some blossoming talents, like Ebere Eze and Paul Smyth, in their ranks.
Bidwell also believes summer signing Toni Leistner has settled in nicely after joining from Union Berlin and that things are coming together nicely for the Rs.
“At the back end of last season, the young lads got a taster for it, which will stand them in good stead for the season coming up,” said the former Everton trainee.
“We’ve lost a few players, but Toni has come in and slotted in straight away.
“The young lads are six months further down the line in their development and we have a lot of them that are ready to go and have a real breakout season.
“It’s down to us players as the senior lads to help them along to do that as well.”
As for McClaren, Bidwell is thrilled to work with a manager who has previously coached his country and worked in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old was full of praise for what the former England boss has achieved in the game and says that McClaren’s reputation within the spot means the squad are all ears in training.
“It’s been great to work with Steve. To get a manager who has worked at the level he has in the past is fantastic,” added Bidwell.
“As a player, you have to be all ears to listen to that and take in information because he has worked at level that few of us in this squad have reached so far.
“We’ve got a young squad that are willing to take it all in and hopefully it’s a good combination as the season goes on.”