MARK Warburton’s QPR return to W12 this weekend, as they look to bounce back following Tuesdays’ disappointing result at Oakwell. Attentions have now switched to the home clash with south Wales outfit Cardiff City, who like Rangers have made a mixed start to the 2020/21 SkyBet Championship campaign.
Tomorrow’s opponents, Cardiff will be looking to build on Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Derby County. This point saw the Bluebirds move up to 14th in the league, as they claimed their 10th point of the season.
www.qpr.co.uk have decided to take an in-depth look at three key Cardiff men to watch out for tonight.
Having arrived in the summer from current Premier League Champions Liverpool, many Cardiff City fans will be expecting big things from the young attacker.
Having risen up through the Anfield youth ranks, the Welsh international has enjoyed a series of loan spells around the Football League.
Most noticeably Wilson’s season-long move to Pride Park in 2018, saw him play a key role in Frank Lampard’s promotion push. Which ultimately ended in heartbreak at Wembley.
However, this fine season saw him catching the eye of Premier League outfit AFC Bournemouth. But an injury hit spell on the south coast really hindered the Welshman’s success.
Since arriving at the Cardiff City stadium, Wilson has already got off the mark for the Bluebirds. Scoring in a 1-1 draw against former club AFC Bournemouth.
6ft 5 striker, Kieffer Moore will need no introduction to the R’s faithful, after the Welsh international notched the winner against Rangers in the summer for his former club Wigan Athletic.
Former Truro City man, has risen up through the depths of English football. Before eventually announcing himself on the big stage with spells at Ipswich Town, Barnsley, Wigan Athletic before ultimately paving the way for a million pound move to Cardiff City in the summer.
Tasked with helping fire the Bluebirds up the Championship table, Moore got off to the perfect start, scoring a brace in only his second appearance for his new side.
In addition to this, the 28-year-old continues to make a name for himself on the international stage, scoring in each of his 3 away internationals for the Dragons.
Former R’s goalkeeper Alex Smithies will be remembered for his time in west London. The former Huddersfield Town man joined Rangers in 2015 and went on to play 107 times for QPR during a three-year spell.
His fine form between the sticks for Rangers, eventually earned him a move to recently promoted Premier League side Cardiff City. But the fine form of Neil Etheridge initially hindered Smithies progression.
However, a combination of injuries and relegation back to the Championship handed Smithies his opportunity, one he grasped with both hands.
He has since gone on to dominate the Number 1 jersey for the south Wales side, starting in all eight of Cardiff’s league games this season.