Harry Redknapp has boosted the strength of his QPR squad by reportedly capturing the signature of former Liverpool and Chelsea playmaker Yossi Benayoun and punters shouldn’t think twice about filling their boots with the 11/10 available on the west Londoners winning the Championship.
The Israeli international has been without a club since his three year contract at Stamford Bridge expired at the end of June and has rejected offers from Crystal Palace and Watford to link up with Redknapp.
Benayoun has a glistening CV.
After impressing for West Ham United in their first season back in the Premier League in 2005, Liverpool decided to pay £5millon for the creative midfielder’s services in 2007.
Benayoun enjoyed a successful three-year spell on Merseyside, nailing down a regular first-team slot as Liverpool made the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2008 and the quarter-finals a year later.
During that campaign Benayoun scored the only goal in a famous 1-0 win against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu, a goal which the diminutive midfielder called the most important of his career.
He moved to Chelsea in 2010 on a three-year deal and was released this summer after making just 24 appearances and scoring one goal.
The QPR squad is bursting with Premier League quality.
The pull of Redknapp and QPR’s bulging finances have attracted some high-profile players to the club, most notably Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Niko Kranjcar on season-long loan deals from former clubs Tottenham and Dynamo Kiev, respectively.
Croatian international Kranjcar has already showed his superiority playing at Championship level, scoring a wonderful goal during an immense individual display in QPR’s 2-2 draw with Millwall.
Chairman Tony Fernandes also loosened the purse strings to add already Championship proven duo Charlie Austin, who has already scored six goals this season, and winger Matt Phillips for a combined £10m.
QPR have conceded just four goals in 11 games.
Defenders Richard Dunne, Nedum Onuoha and Clint Hill have all performed majestically in the opening period of the season to compensate for QPR’s rather shot-shy nature in attack that only yielded eight goals in their opening eight games.
But with the introduction of the classy Krancjar into the side, Rangers have looked far more threatening and it’s likely that Benayoun’s trickery will only further enhance the menacing formula they carry in the final third.