QPR fans have a new boo-boy. Last season it was Kieron Dyer, for two games this season it was Rob Green and judging by the reaction to him in Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland, it is now Djibril Cissé.
Last week, after QPR’s loss to Southampton, the result that ultimately cost Mark Hughes his job, Cissé responded to a fan on Twitter who said he couldn’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo. “Come and have a chat big man. When u feel like talking to me face to face just come,” the Frenchman wrote, posting QPR’s training-ground address. A Twitter Q&A arranged by the club a few days later turned into a farce when none of the questions were deemed appropriate for the striker, who has only scored one league goal this season.
Without Cissé, it’s fair to say, QPR would not be bottom of the Premier League with no wins in 14 games—because they would not be in the Premier League at all. Yes, Cissé was sent off twice in his eight appearances after joining Rangers from Lazio last January; but he also scored six goals, including, on his debut, the first in a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa; the equaliser in QPR’s come-from-behind 3-2 win over Liverpool; and the last-minute winner on the penultimate day of the season against Stoke. It was the goal that essentially kept QPR up.
When new coach Harry Redknapp said that he did not want players standing around with their hands on their hips when the ball doesn’t go their way, everyone assumed he was talking about Adel Taarabt. He might just as easily been referring to Cissé. At Liverpool, it frustrated fans that he did not chase lost causes, but then, he was dealing with his own frustrations then, too, playing out wide under Rafa Benitez when he saw himself as a throwback centre-forward.
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