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Beale’s Insight: Kenneth Paal

KENNETH Paal became Michael Beale’s second summer signing for QPR, following the capture of fellow-defender Jake Clarke-Salter.

Beale has now offered a greater insight into what he is hoping the Dutch left-back will bring to Loftus Road.

Like Clarke-Salter, Paal is a player that Beale knows all about, having first watched him in a tournament in Turkey when he was just 13. 

“I have followed Kenneth’s progress since that time at PSV and in the Dutch national teams,” he said. 

“I have seen him play a lot as he has grown into a senior player. He has always performed to a high level. I tried very hard to recruit him to Glasgow Rangers two summers ago and therefore I am delighted to have finally signed him and having the opportunity to work with him here at QPR.”

Beale feels Paal will complement his squad, adding: “He will give us good balance in the team, being another left-footed player, and he will bring the team forward on a technical level. 

“He has had a very good schooling at PSV and will provide us with extra solutions when the team is attacking. I feel the balance of the team to right and left footers is very healthy now in our squad.” 

Paal has played in the Dutch top flight for the past four years with PEC Zwolle and featured for the national team at youth level. As he nears his 25th birthday, Paal is only going to get better in the eyes of his new gaffer.

“I think to play for the Dutch national teams you need to have an excellent technical base and game understanding,” Beale said. 

“He is a boy that has played under very good coaches and alongside top players. I think at 24, similar to many of our players at the club, he has his best days ahead of him and that can only be good for QPR.”

Beale’s first two signings have been defenders, and the R’s chief explains this is in response to Lee Wallace and Yoann Barbet no longer being at the club.

“We lost two experienced players in our defence from last year and it was a clear objective for me to find two extremely talented, hungry and driven players to replace those leaving the club,” he revealed. 

“I feel we have made a very good start to the summer window and identified players that will help us become a strong and versatile team. 

“In addition, it will also help to implement the style of play and environment we want to create.”

I feel we have made a very good start to the summer window.

Michael Beale
Paal is Michael Beale's second signing as QPR head coach following the arrival of Jake Clarke-Salter