1st Team Goalkeepers: Rob Green (32), Radek Cerny (38), Brian Murphy (29)
Queens Park Rangers have been very busy in the transfer market and they’ve done very well on the goalkeeper merry-go-round. With Paddy Kenny departing to rekindle his partnership with Neil Warnock, Mark Hughes moved to bring Rob Green in on a free. It’s a good bit of business because although Kenny was brilliant for the Rs on occasion during his two year spell at Loftus Road, last season was a disappointment. There weren’t many clangers or howlers, but he failed to perform to the best of his ability and struggled to keep out shots that you would expect a Premier League standard keeper to deal with.
In contrast, Rob Green comes in on the back of a good season with West Ham. When talk of a possible departure from West Ham surfaced, it looked to be mainly posturing for an improved whopping contract with the club. It was a bit surprising when Sam Allardyce called his bluff and let him go. Behind the scenes, there’s every chance that the move across London was always Green’s intention, but whatever the reason, QPR have done well from the deal.
After the nightmare of his 2010 World Cup howler, Green has quietly been rebuilding his reputation. It hasn’t always been smooth, but the part he played in West Ham’s promotion showed how much he has to offer. Green has excellent reactions and his experience is a huge asset. The resilience he has shown since South Africa is commendable and he’s worth another chance in the top flight. He doesn’t always get it right and there will undoubtedly be a few shaky moments, but he’ll still earn his team more points than he’ll cost them.
Radek Cerny impressed when deputising for Kenny last season, to the point where many fans were asking why he wasn’t the first choice more often. There’s no doubt Cerny is a very talented keeper, but throughout his career, bouts of good form have been undermined by frequent errors. He can go a few games of looking top class, but before too long there will be a costly error. At 38 years of age, he’s a good option to have on the bench, but relying on him for a long period isn’t ideal.
Brian Murphy signed on a free from Ipswich last season. He hasn’t got much playing time since then, but he’s got a good bit of experience and he’s a solid option to have in reserve.
Just how Rob Green gets on in his return to the Premier League will have a big bearing on how QPR progress this season. After narrowly escaping relegation last season, better is expected this time around. That goes for Green too.