JIMMY FLOYD HASSELBAINK is planning for the future after fielding a host of youngsters during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Reading.
With two games left, Hasselbaink selected Cole Kpewaka and Michael Petrasso, and the Dutchman called into the question the recent transfer policy of the club.
QPR have handed monster wages to ageing players over the past few years, in an attempt to buy success, and paid the price with relegation from the Premier League with a squad full of players well past their peak.
And Hasselbaink wants to overhaul the way business is done when bringing in new players next season. He said: “We have to have younger players — more assets in the club.
“We have to look at more players who are 23, 24 or 25. I’m not saying we shouldn’t sign a 30-year-old but in the past few years too many players have come here to retire.”
After 34 minutes, QPR’s early pressure finally paid off as Grant Hall opened up the scoring with a thumping header from a Ben Gladwin corner, which flew past Ali al-Habsi and past a desperate Oliver Norwood on the post.
Rangers’ lead only lasted six minutes as the away side were level through a brilliant team goal which was finished off by Rakels. Andrew Taylor’s cross found Yann Kermorgant, whose delightful flick found Rakels with far too much space in the box. He punished QPR’s slack defending to coolly slot past Matt Ingram to equalise.
Reading manager Brian McDermott was pleased to end his side’s losing streak, saying: “The last four games have been difficult to take because we’ve taken nothing, we’ve been unfortunate but no-one wants to hear that.
“We need to get the basics right and it’s important we do that week in, week out.
“This the toughest league in the world physically.”
McDermott also reserved special praise for Rakels after the game, saying: “He is a good lad, the lads love him and the fans love him. He will score goals, he has that in his locker.
“He made his goal look really easy it was a great finish. He took it really well.”