Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes has suggested that it is unlikely that his club will be pursuing a move for Joleon Lescott,
Fernandes has distanced the club from the move as he is unsure that Lescott fits the profile of player he wants at the club.
He said, “I think these are all fantastic players being mentioned but we have brought in players who’ve been at big clubs before and we got our fingers burned.”
“We have a different philosophy from this time two years ago. We know what we want, we have a list of targets that we think are the right sort and will add tremendous value to the club.
“You need a balance of youth and experience but you need to get the right experience – people who are ready to come down and battle. People who have come from places like Manchester City, having won titles and been in the Champions League, might not have the right energy you want.”
It seems that QPR have learned from the mistakes of their time in the Premiership two years ago. Having come up to the top division as Championship winners, they invested in players with impressive CVs and high wage packets, but the season was disastrous and they returned to the Championship.
Having again only spent one season in a division, QPR are in danger of becoming a yo-yo club, and owner Fernandes along with manager Harry Redknapp have a different strategy; signing players with the hunger for a relegation battle.
Lescott will obviously bring quality to any side he signs for, but what he has somewhat unfairly been judged on is his perceived lack of desire for a battle at the bottom when he has already achieved so much in his career, simply based on similar players QPR have signed before.
A young hungry player will come to QPR desperate to save them from the drop to work their way up in football, whether that is helping QPR become a team that can win trophies, or earn himself a move to another club that can win trophies.
Lescott has already done all that, and wouldn’t expect to have time left in his career to move back up the footballing ladder. His peak point has passed, there is no longer the same hunger to reach the top of the game as there was before he had done it.