Queens Park Rangers completed the signing of Cardiff City’s Steven Caulker on Tuesday, as Harry Redknapp continued his impressive transfer activity.
For a reported £8millon, the newly-promoted side got one of the best young defenders in England, and a player who could form an impressive partnership with fellow new arrival Rio Ferdinand.
In the latest in our series on the numbers behind the player’s career to date, we take a closer look at the new QPR signing.
170 – The number of club appearances Caulker has made to date. He played 39 times for Cardiff, 46 times for Yeovil Town, 30 times for Bristol City, 29 times for Tottenham Hotspur and 26 times for Swansea City.
9 – The number of goals the player has scored so far in his career. While his primary job is keeping them out at one end, he is also adept at knocking them in at the other, with his five goals for the Bluebirds suggesting he is becoming a far more consistent threat in the attacking third.
7 – The number of assists Caulker has provided to date. As good as his goal-scoring exploits are becoming, the new QPR player is not averse to setting up a teammate now and again.
0 – The number of times Caulker has been sent off in his senior career. The 22-year-old’s cool head will be vital as Redknapp’s side look to improve on their previous spell in the Premier League.
9 – The number of times Caulker has been booked to date; again, an outstanding record, with the player averaging a booking once every 18.8 games. For a defender, or for any footballer for that matter, it is a phenomenal feat.
1 – The number of caps Caulker has for England. He will be hoping to build on that in the coming seasons, and given his talent there is no reason for him not to. He also has 10 caps at England under-21 level and 11 caps for his country’s under-19s.
Verdict – Caulker is an excellent signing for QPR and will play a vital role in the coming campaign. Considering the inflated transfer fees seen this and every summer, paying £8million for one of the best young centre-backs in the country is fantastic business.
There is no risk involved in this transfer, and he will also get to learn from one of the best there has ever been in the form of Rio Ferdinand.
In short, Harry’s done it again.
All stats courtesy of transfermarkt.com
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