Since becoming the QPR columnist here at By Far The Greatest Team, I have done little more than gripe about my beloved West London club. And this week is no different, as I have found something new to moan about at Loftus Road.
This week I focus on Sean Goss, and the myth of team selection at QPR. Sean Goss is a central midfielder who was signed by Holloway in January of last year for an undisclosed fee in the region of £500,000. The former Manchester United man is just 22 years old and is currently enjoying a loan spell at Scottish outfit Rangers after making just 6 league appearances under Ollie this season.
Born in Germany, Goss and his family moved to England when he was 8 years old. Upon arrival to England, Goss was snapped up by the Exeter City academy before joining the Manchester United academy in his teenage years. Goss never made an appearance for Mourinho’s United team, which lead to his departure from Old Trafford last year.
The gossip emerging from the Ibrox is that Goss has been an excellent addition to their squad. Fans of Rangers have taken to the popular social media platform Twitter to vent their approval of Sean Goss, who created four goals in the game against Ayr United last weekend in the Scottish Cup.
For me signing Sean Goss should be our main priority however I don’t think QPR will sell . That boy will be a big success
— Broxi Bear ? (@SirBroxiBear) February 11, 2018
To agree with Broxi Bear, I don’t think QPR will sell Goss. Here at QPR we love nothing more than a talent, and we love not playing them even more. Take Matt Smith, our top league scorer over the past two seasons. Even he cannot cement a spot in the starting XI whilst Holloway is at the helm. The guy performs whenever he is on the pitch and we always look a better team with him in it, but in his older age it seems Ollie is slightly losing the plot.
He’s always been an eccentric and a popular man at QPR and believe me, I really like the guy, but he is not fit to manage a team with the stature and ambitions of QPR. I use the word ‘ambitions’ with a pinch of salt because honestly, I don’t know what the clubs ambitions are this time. With Goss killing it in the Scottish League, it reminds me of Holloway’s biggest downfall which is his team selection.
Goss’ situation at QPR reminds me of what happened with Ariel Borysiuk. Now only QPR fans may have heard of him, but Borysiuk was a Polish central midfielder who (sort of) played for QPR last season and the season before, before returning to Polish football permanently this season. With bags of ability going forward and back, it’s hard to put my finger on why it didn’t work out for Ariel at QPR. All I can muster is that he couldn’t make the team because there were more average players available to pick, which is what it seems Holloway prefers.
Conor Washington who has three league goals all season, starts ahead of Matt Smith whilst Joel Lynch and James Perch are both enjoying spells in the first team since coming back from injuries, despite their proven inability to defend in the Championship.
So as Rangers fans falling in love with Sean Goss, it leaves me with a bitter taste in my mouth in the week of Valentine’s Day. This weekend we face Bolton in a must-win home game for QPR, but I fear not only a home loss to Bolton but Holloway’s team selection too. The guy has become a mad scientist constantly tinkering with his starting XI, whilst one of his best players who couldn’t get a game at Loftus Road, is lighting up the Scottish League.