“Things like that happen in football. Look at me, I played 14 seasons on the bounce at Bolton but then I got injured and someone else came in and took their chance.
“That’s fair enough because it’s part of football — you just have to get on with it.”
The words of the man now holding the position once held at West Ham by Robert Green may not give much comfort. Jussi Jaaskelainen muttered these pragmatic words ahead of the two sides encounter in October and while the Finn is rediscovering the form at Upton Park that made him a Premier League stalwart for over a decade Rob Green must be regretting his move to Loftus Road.
He struggled in his first few appearances for the club but was ably assisted in his woe by the abysmal Clint Hill in front of him. Mark Hughes moved to bring in Julio Cesar on a free transfer and considering the credentials of the one-time UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year (09-10) there was little chance of the former Norwich stopper holding him off in the number one spot.
While it is reported that it was always his intention to sign Cesar and Green to provide competition at the moment it appears that a winner has been declared without much of a spar between the two. Admittedly Green had a poor start to the season but you would be hard pushed to say he has been given a fair crack at the whip.
Hughes once admitted that he could see himself letting Green or Cesar for that matter go if they made it clear that they were not interested in a competition:
‘'In the future if any of my keepers came to me and said they felt their future lay elsewhere then we can have a conversation about that and make a decision that benefited everyone,'’
Of course right now the only future that the Welshman should be worried about is his own as the club languish at the foot of the Premier League table after being taken apart by Puncheon and co at the weekend.
That takes us to an interesting point over the future of Hughes.
Watching QPR this season invariably brings with it a quite miserable and dejected picture of Green sitting on the bench, gloves readied in anticipation staring a hole into the back of his gaffers head.
There may not be a more tragic sight in English football at the moment.
So will he be hoping more than any that Hughes is replaced by Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road? Earlier in the week the hierarchy at QPR gave Hughes a vote of confidence, at least for now, but considering their poor form anything but a dramatic turnaround will likely see Hughes out of a job.
Redknapp was linked with a move for Green by The Metro back in June and if he had remained at White Hart Lane who’s to say it would not have happened. After a match winning performance against Redknapp’s Spurs in 2011 Harry was full of praise for the keeper saying he ‘had a difficult time after his mistake at the World Cup but it looked like he was in great form again today. He made two world-class saves. He's a top goalkeeper, so he's capable of playing like that, for sure."
So Green is held in high esteem by the favourite to become his next boss; does that make the current number two one of the biggest names hoping for a Redknapp shaped replacement for Hughes in the coming weeks?
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