Anzhi Makhachkala’s club director has said that Queens Park Rangers must have been “out of their minds” to trigger the release clause in Christopher Samba’s contract and bring him to Loftus Road in the January transfer window.
The Congo international was sold from Anzhi to QPR for a fee of £12.5 million, which when you consider the relegation trouble that Rangers are in, is a massive risk from Chairman Tony Fernandes.
Even Harry Redknapp admitted that he was shocked to have been able to bring Samba to West London and it doesn’t seem have been a move that has gone down to well with the wealthy Russian club.
German Tkachenko, the club’s director, said: At QPR he will earn almost as much as he did at Anzhi. In my view QPR have lost their minds.
“When they agreed to pay his release fee we wept. He [Samba] wept.
“Everybody says that he ran away from the club, but that’s not true. He didn’t put any pressure on the club until we received an offer from QPR for £12.5million, the amount required by his contract.”
To say it was a risk to spend so much money on a defender is probably a massive understatement as QPR are rock bottom of the Premier League and seven points adrift of safety. It is going to take a massive turnaround in results for them to claw their way of out trouble.
They have added a lot of players to their squad in the January window, just as they did in the summer and it looks as though it is going to take time for them to gel as a squad again.
Unfortunately though, time is not on QPR’s side and they have to show the kind of form that would get a European place in the remaining twelve games of the campaign to beat the drop.
Few can argue that Samba is a top-quality defender that is more than likely to get a move to another top flight club in Europe should Redknapp’s men go down.
However, if the performance he and the rest of the back four put in during the 4-1 drubbing at Swansea City over the weekend continues for the rest of the season, he isn’t going to go for £12.5 million again.
Of course, if Samba is able to steer QPR to safety by helping them remain solid at the back and chipp in with a goal or two from set-pieces, you would have to say it is a great bit of business.
Right now though, Fernandes and Redknapp will be worried.