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Bosingwa signs for three years, but is he what QPR need?
Bosingwa signs for three years, but is he what QPR need?
Monday, 20th Aug 2012 23:31 by Clive Whittingham

Double Champions League winner Jose Bosingwa is Mark Hughes’ latest signing, but as we saw on Saturday he must quickly adapt to playing in a less talented team if he’s to succeed at Loftus Road.

Facts

Bosingwa is a 29-year-old Portuguese international right back who could also have played for the Democratic Republic of Congo. He’ll certainly give most people in the modern game a run for their money in a game of Show Us Your Medals having won the Champions League, four Portuguese leagues, one Portuguese cup and two Portuguese Super Cups during his time with Porto, and the Champions League, Premier League, three FA Cups and a Community Shield while with Chelsea.

He moved to Portugal at a young age after being born in Zaire and spent the first two years of his fledgling career with Boavista, spending time on loan at Second Division whipping boys Freamunde in the 2000/01 campaign. In 2003 he moved to Porto under rookie manager Jose Mourinho and made more than 100 appearances on the right side of defence as his manager announced himself on the world stage with a Champions League success at the end of Bosingwa’s first full season – he was an unused substitute in the final.

Mourinho subsequently moved on to Chelsea but didn’t take Bosingwa with him, as he had done with Ricardo Carvalho. In fact it was Luis Felipe Scolari who brought him to Stamford Bridge in 2008 for £16.2m along with his fellow countryman Deco. Scolari had previously picked Bosingwa regularly for the Portuguese national team – he won 24 caps and made the team of the tournament at the 2008 European Championships.

Scolari’s reign at Stamford Bridge was ill fated and short lived but Bosingwa remained, despite an offer for his services from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2009 and a season ending knee injury sustained in October that year. It took him exactly a year to return to action but at the beginning of the 2011/12 season another former Porto boss Andre Villas Boas made him his first choice and even though he, like Scolari, was sacked early in the season Bosingwa went on to make 43 appearances including playing 78 minutes of the Champions League semi final second leg in Barcelona, and the full final in Munich. He also played 90 minutes in the FA Cup final win against Liverpool, one of 112 starts in his Chelsea career to go with 15 sub appearances and three goals.

He’s had his disciplinary problems in the past. At Porto he was involved in a dramatic car accident that ended with another footballer Sandro Luis having his foot amputated, he was accused of stamping on Liverpool’s Yossi Benayoun in 2009 but the FA said FIFA regulations prevented retrospective action, and he was banned for three European games (reduced to two on appeal) for branding the referee of Chelsea’s 2009 Champions League defeat to Barcelona “a thief”. He was sent off playing for Chelsea at Loftus Road last season in the league.

Bosingwa has signed a three year deal at Loftus Road.

Reaction

“He has got plenty of pace, great technical ability and all the attributes you need to be a top player. Jose has a lot of versatility which is something I like my players to have. He can operate right across the back and can also play the holding role in midfield. He’s another Champions League winner, the third in the squad now with Ji-Sung Park and Djibril Cisse, and will add invaluable experience to the group. His experience is really important to us. He understands the Premier League and he understands what it takes to win games. He has got a winning mentality and that is what I want to have around the place.” - Mark Hughes

“I had the pick of many clubs, but the project here excites me greatly. I spoke yesterday with the manager and owner and they showed me what they want for the future of the club. This is maybe the most important challenge of my career. I want to help my team-mates and the team with my experience. All together, we will fight for the club. We need time. We start now and in one, two or three years we can win something. We have to have passion and I think the results will come.” - Jose Bosingwa

“I think it speaks volumes of how far we’ve come as a club that we’re able to attract a double Champions League winner to Loftus Road. There was big competition from a number of Europe’s top clubs – including a few from the Premier League – for his signature, so I couldn’t be more delighted that we’ve managed to get him here. Mark and Mike are dovetailing superbly together to improve our squad and this latest addition excites me as much as the seven that have preceded it.” - Tony Fernandes

Opinion

A penny for the thoughts of Jose Bosingwa as he sat in the stands and watched his new club succumb to a five goal massacre at the hands of Swansea City on Saturday. The Portuguese full back has been at pains to say that he selected QPR ahead of other Premiership teams and if that’s the case he may have been tempted to ask whether a 48 hour cooling off period was included in his contract to enable a swift escape.

If the Chelsea fans are to be believed, then Bosingwa isn’t going to improve the situation greatly – to a man they’re happy to tell anybody who will listen that he cannot defend. Well, judging from the prosecution opening statement at the weekend we already have a full back who can’t do that on loan from Manchester United for the other side so at least the defence will be well balanced.

He is one of those Roberto Carlos, Maicon, Kyle Walker-type modern full backs who’s threatening to other teams going forwards, and dangerous to his own side going the other way. It furthers my belief that once Ale Faurlin is fit he’ll form a tight, deep lying midfield three with Ji Sung Park and Samba Diakite with full backs advancing beyond them on either side but for now it’s goals being conceded that are the issue and preventing that isn’t, apparently, Bosingwa’s forte.

We know a little bit about his defensive frailties already of course – who can forget him being skinned down the centre of the field by, of all people, Shaun Wright-Phillips in our home game with Chelsea last season? The result was a foul and a red card in a memorable QPR victory.

But let’s hang on just a moment here. Bosingwa, playing at full back, has won the Champions League twice with two different clubs, the Portuguese league on four occasions and the Premier League once, the Portuguese cup once and the FA Cup three times, the Portuguese Super Cup three times and the Community Shield once. He has 24 caps for Portugal and was named in the team of the tournament at the European Championships in 2008. That’s certainly not too bad for somebody who apparently cannot defend.

Nor were his performances for Chelsea last season as the Blues stubbornly resisted attacking onslaughts from first Barcelona over two legs and then Bayern Munich in their own stadium to lift the Champions League trophy for the first time. Their approach was unashamedly negative and defensive, aiming to soak up pressure for hours at a time and then snatching chances on the counter attack. Bosingwa played in both the semi final and final and didn’t look out of place in either which, again, rather pours scorn on the idea that he can’t defend.

What we potentially have here is a clear case of differing expectation levels. The majority of Chelsea fans you speak to these days don’t remember Frank Sinclair, they think Steve Clarke is a mediocre assistant manager rather than a former mediocre full back and they couldn’t pick Erland Johnsen out from an identity parade if you stuck a £10,000 prize on it. Chelsea fans are comparing him to Ricardo Carvalho, John Terry and Ashley Cole. They’re looking at the right backs that play against them in the Champions League and when compared in that company, yes, Jose Bosingwa can be found wanting defensively.

Although this may be about to change, judging by the number of Koreans in South Africa Road on Saturday taking photographs of absolutely everything that moved, the majority of QPR fans still remember the summer of 2001 and its high stakes pre-season battle for the starting left back slot between Paul Bruce and Christer Warren. Even in the brave new era we’re currently entering Rangers are currently using Nedum Onuoha at right back who looked uncomfortable last season and a liability on Saturday despite a decent pre-season. He’s now at the stage where he should be used in his favoured centre back position or not at all. Bosingwa, for all his failings, is a vast improvement on what we have available to us currently.

What Bosingwa will find out pretty quickly is he’s not in Kansas anymore. He’s never played in a bad side either for Porto, Chelsea or Portugal. For almost his entire career when he’s made a mistake he’s had the likes of Petr Cech, Terry, Carvalho and others behind him and to his left meaning even the most desperate of causes isn’t lost. On Saturday three Swansea goals came within two passes of QPR giving the ball away in their own half.

Like Fabio on the other side he must quickly adapt to playing with poorer players than he ever has before if he’s to succeed at Loftus Road.

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QPR4Me added 00:46 - Aug 21
Bosingwa can defend. That alone will put him ahead of Onuoha (spelling??) Fabio and Traore.

Am still waiting for the "legend within his own lunchtime" that is Mark Hughes to explain to us why he chose a back four that includede to non-defending full backs and a sad attempt at protecting Hill and Anton F with the dim idea of playing Diakite in a role that he cannot play.

Better still, as others (VitalQPR) will testify, I cannot wait for Hughes' resignation as I raised serious objections about his appointment in the first place, both on that site and with the club itself!
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TacticalR added 01:00 - Aug 21
Does this make signing make sense?

As you pointed out, Bosingwa looks very much like what we have already - a defender who can't defend. And on a three-year contract?

None of the Chelsea blogs show the slightest enthusiasm for him. OK, maybe the Chelsea fans are spoilt, but that alone can't explain the universal indifference to his departure.

There's a reason Chelsea have dumped him. Although he has played well in some very big games, those games seem to be the exception rather than the rule. In fact in those big games he may well have played better because he *had* to defend, and only defend. If anything he seems to be another Onuaha, happier at CB than at RB. The consensus seems to be that he's never been the same player since his injury. And wasn't it last season's shaky defense at Chelsea that led to the downfall of AVB?

1) Against QPR last season he tried to pull down SWP's pants and got sent off
2) His error against Liverpool during the FA Cup Final led to the Liverpool goal
3) He was part of the Chelsea defence that conceded 5 goals against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

It doesn't matter how many medals he has won. We should only be asking if a player is what we need, otherwise we are buying reputations, not players.
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ozexile added 03:08 - Aug 21
I've got no problem with this signing. Although I would like to ask Hughes why he re-signed dyer? Isn't the full back who can bomb forwards where his strengths lie?
Play dyer further forward and we have swp, hoillet, taarabt, smith, Mackie?
Think Hughes needs to sit down with his coaches and re-focus.
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DANRANGER added 08:53 - Aug 21
For me it's a good signing and more importantly Onouha can now challenge for the central role and just be cover for right back. The team needs time to settle down and Saturday shows them how far they need to go. I still feel he will sign another central midfielder and possibly a centre half or a player like M'Bia who can do both.

From the comments so far, surprised you don't like Hughes, not sure what level of manager you'd expect us to get. As for Dyer, forget about him, it's been said he must have had some sort of clause for another year and he will hardly feature and then be gone next summer.

I believe the team will take shape and once again it it a season of progression and staying in the league whilst we keep improving the club.
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Metallica_Hoop added 10:31 - Aug 21
At 5 a-side last night a Toon and Citeh fan all said what I good signing they thought it was for us.

As someone mentioned the other week it wasn't so long ago John Curtis was strutting his stuff in a Rangers back four!
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ozexile added 11:08 - Aug 21
I'd like to forget about dyer. Yet don't forget he made the bench on Sat.
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probbo added 18:28 - Aug 21
I shudder when I think about what our wage bill must be like at the moment. Hughes is like a child in a sweet shop but just like last January, its proving difficult to get all these players to gel at the same time and tactically I feel that Hughes is woefully lacking for the Premier League. As much as I hate myself for saying it, I just don't rate him as a manager but will very happily stand corrected!!

I can't deny we need to shore up the defence but at what cost? And reading today that QPR are going to lavish c£10m on Michael Dawson?!! It was mentioned many times last season a fear we were going the same way as Portsmouth, maybe we'll get Harry Redknapp at some point! For now though, keeping the faith just!
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Myke added 23:02 - Aug 21
um whats wrong with playing Young at right back? Or has he gone ? Its hard to keep up. The signings are getting rediculous. Meanwhile half the rejects are ending up at Cardiff - pity they changed to red!
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