Browsing down the Twitter timeline this evening after getting home from work, I was intrigued to read a few Tweets suggesting that Brazilian full back Fabio Da Silva was on his way to Queens Park Rangers for a season long loan.
It’s that whole transfer window jet engine taking off again, isn’t it.
But then, on further reading, no it isn’t. It’s happened, and he’s on his way to the capital. A good thing for the player? A chance to gain valuable first team experience? Play week in week out and mature in to the player we all want him to become. The successor to Patrice Evra.
With the recent loan success stories of Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck, excitement about one of our youngsters going on loan is quite high. Cleverley, despite an injury ravaged season, came back and showed what a player he’d grown in to. And Danny Welbeck matured so much, he kicked on to be England’s best striker at Euro 2012.
Looking back for other successful loans is a toughie. Johnny Evans to a certain extent came back from Sunderland and features regularly in the first team when people ahead of him are injured. The last success was David Beckham, who went to Preston North End in 1995.
I like Fabio. He’s got a lot to learn, and a decent loan spell would probably do him the world of good. But this is where I question the destination of the player for next season. Queens Park Rangers. Are they really the club that we want one of our players to join temporarily and attempt to flourish?
Remember Giuseppe Rossi, and that loan move to Newcastle in 2006? When they had a future world class striker at their disposal and ludicrously wasted him?
Well, QPR were of similar ilk last season when they had the chance to give Federico Macheda a proper run of games prior to injury. They signed a player who had the potential to flourish with a decent run of games.
But the Loftus Road outfit are currently a club who are a bit erratic on the transfer front. They’re seemingly signing anyone and everyone and giving them a couple of games to perform wonders and if they don’t, the next one on the conveyor belt of hope is chucked in to the mix.
Macheda was one of nine strikers in the QPR squad last term and was limited to appearing in just three league games.
I think QPR fans are great, and I think they deserve better than the worrying transfer policies that Neil Warnock and Mark Hughes embossed on them in their return season to the Premiership. And I think that Fabio Da Silva deserves better as well. It doesn’t matter if he’d be at the top end of the division, or fighting a relegation battle. He just needs to have his football education brought along by a club and a manager looking for stability, and some sort of team ethic. how many other full backs will Sparky get the chance to sign and ‘take a punt’ on. You know – the more you have the better the chance of finding the right formula?
For me, I think QPR are the worst club to send a potential future star to. Sometimes we can break a player by not ensuring that they’re sending a player to a club where he’ll come back as a ready to step up to the United first team canvas when they return to the club.
I hope we’re not wasting Fabio Da Silva. But I’m worried the player who returns to us in 2013 will have stepped back, learning only what the current QPR way is, and how to be a member of their mish-mashed squad, ready to fall by the way side as so many have done in the past.