Credit where credit’s due, Esteban Granero has been one of the foreign players at QPR to stick up for his teammates this season amid suggestions that the non-English players don’t care about the club.
However, considering his stature, age and quality in the game his apparent commitment to the cause may be challenged if QPR do ultimately go down.
Bear in mind, this is a player who joined QPR from Real Madrid, where he was in contention for the first team so it’s a little difficult to understand why he’d be happy going from the top flight of the Spanish game to the second tier of the English game within a year.
“I came here to spend four years here and that is still the case. I’m not the kind of player who wants to leave when things are going wrong - This team, this club, are part of me now so I can’t drop them just because we’re struggling,” he told the Evening Standard.
Fair enough, and it’s fair to suggest that he’s not going to pull the wool over QPR’s eyes with these comments and leave deliberately.
The point is that he is still good enough to play for the majority of sides in the Premier League, La Liga or other top European leagues.
It could be very difficult for him not to leave QPR at the end of the season, if they’re relegated, especially if a top quality side comes in for him, pays a good fee and offers him good terms.
Players can have all the commitment and love in the world for a particular club but unless you’re Steven Gerrard, it’s going to be difficult when a side in a much better position comes along and tries to sign you.
Granero has a skill set which makes him a very attractive proposition for any side; he’s good on the ball, he’s fit and strong, he’s young and he can spot a killer pass.
If, and it’s an absolutely enormous if, QPR can hang onto him, even if they go down, then they will have arguably one of the best midfielders in the Championship next season who will fire them back into the Premier League.
If Granero does do a Gerrard and turns down a move to a side in a better position at the end of the season then he’s either in love with QPR or is genuinely the sort of decent and honest human being who would not back track on a contract.
What do you think?
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