Aspiring penman and waning centre-back Rio Ferdinand is facing the axe at QPR after just six months with the west London club.
Or so report a string of media sources, who are of the belief that Tony Fernandes and fellow R’s fat cats are distinctly unimpressed with the former Manchester United man’s uninspiring start to life back in the nation’s capital. #awks.
This substandard start resulted in the decorated defender being dropped to the bench for Rangers’ 3-2 defeat to Liverpool that left them bottom of the Premier League and 31/50 shots to be relegated.
Panic, it seems, has already set in behind the scenes, with the plot to sack Ferdinand running simultaneously alongside a scheme to sign West Ham’s Winston Reid.
The New Zealand international centre-back is in the final year of his contract at the Boleyn Ground and is being tracked by a host of top-tier outfits in need of rearguard reinforcements.
As a result of this attention, he can be backed at 3/1 to have signed for another outfit by February 1st 2015.
It’s alleged that the over-worked Super Hoops’ accountants are preparing to finance a move for Reid in January in a bid to ward off interest from more attractive parties perhaps they should consider the stats.
The Kiwi defender may be almost ten years Ferdinand’s junior, which will appeal to those QPR head honchos who thought Redknapp should’ve been prioritising a younger model in the first place, but the numbers don’t support their notion.
Averaging two tackles and 1.6 interceptions over his seven outings, the current R supersedes his potential successor by 0.7 and 0.3 respectively this term.
Reid averages fewer passes per game at 32.9 compared to 37.6, while the senior stopper hits the mark more frequently when attempting to find a teammate too, with 87.1 per cent of passes proving successful as opposed to his adversary’s 85.6.
These figures suggest that the North Shore native would, in fact, be a downgrade on the seasoned pro QPR are currently relying on to plug their porous backline, so sacking Ferdinand would be a disastrous course of action to take.