Although QPR have enjoyed a fine start to the new season, winning their opening Championship match and beating Exeter in the League Cup, their summer’s transfer business is far from concluded, with Harry Redknapp eyeing one or two more new signings and some high-earners still to be removed from the wage bill.
Despite a mixed campaign for QPR, Granero is a target for several clubs, with Real Sociedad likely to be Fulham’s biggest competition for his signature. The 26-year-old made an encouraging start under Mark Hughes, but rarely featured once Harry Redknapp took over at Loftus Road, finishing the season with a Performance Score of 515 from his 24 appearances.
One area where Granero excelled was in creating chances, making 46 key passes in his 24 appearances, a total which easily outstripped those in Fulham’s midfield last season. Martin Jol has clearly identified this as a problem, with Taarabt already arriving, and Granero now reportedly a target.
Granero is also an accomplished defensive player, who won a superb 88% of his tackles last season, as well as completing 79% of his take-ons. The Spaniard also averaged three Defensive Actions per game, ensuring that he would add some defensive cover and creativity to Fulham’s midfield.
Playing in a relegated side under two managers with different approaches made Granero’s first season in English football a struggle, but he still managed to show plenty of qualities that would make him an ideal fit for a Premier League side.
Fulham are still on the lookout for a midfielder who can provide some creativity from deep, whilst maintaining an effective defensive presence, and Granero could be an excellent signing this summer on both counts.
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