January 21, 2013
Sky Sports are reporting tonight that Harry Redknapp is looking to add Niko Kranjcar to his squad before the end of the transfer window, and that’s cause for some real optimism for QPR fans.
This isn’t like reading something in a tabloid, if Sky Sports are reporting it then there does tend to be some truth involved.
Kranjcar, who amazingly is still only 28, left Tottenham for Dynamo Kiev in the Summer and Redknapp is supposedly keen on a reunion.
When you think of the Croatian, specific attributes don’t necessarily jump out at you, but that’s more because he’s very proficient in a lot of different areas – i.e. he’s just a very good footballer. That he didn’t get much of a look in at Spurs shouldn’t be a judgement against him, because he was competing for a first-team place with Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, and those were both contests he was never likely to win.
Discussing where he might fit in at Loftus Road is a bit premature, and it’s worth letting the story go a bit further before we go down that road. Still, he would improve on what Rangers already have, and that’s the key concern. He’s technically very capable, carries a decent goal-threat from within twenty-five yards, and has a really good eye for a final ball.
He’s not going to be a saviour, but he’ll help.