, ‘I always want him in my team’ – Cifuentes defends QPR man after costly Middlesbrough error

‘I always want him in my team’ – Cifuentes defends QPR man after costly Middlesbrough error

QPR boss Marti Cifuentes has backed his goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in an interview with West London Sport, after the veteran’s costly error against Middlesbrough in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat.

QPR had lost just one of their previous nine games coming into the clash with Middlesbrough at the weekend. Their recent upturn in form had seen them get out of the bottom three.

They currently sit in 20th position in the table and are just one point outside of the relegation zone with nine games left to play between now and the end of the season.

But a 2-0 loss at the hands of Middlesbrough means they still have work to do. Emmanuel Latte Lath’s opener was a rather unavoidable and brilliant volley, but a costly error from Begovic for Boro’s second goal has seen QPR boss Cifuentes come to his shot-stopper’s defence.

Marcus Forss’ header seemed to go through the goalkeeper’s hands when it looked easier to save. But Cifuentes has backed his captain in an interview with West London Sport.

“I’m not here just to judge individually my players. I trust them,” he said.

“In this case, if you ask me about Asmir, his career speaks for itself and the quality he has.

“If you ask me if I want Asmir in a team that is fighting to avoid relegation I will 100% say that I always want him in my team. The experience and leadership he has says everything.”

Begovic’s QPR days are numbered

There have been a number of errors from Begovic this season and Cifuentes’ comments almost make it seem as though he is undroppable. ‘His career’ does show his experience, but not necessarily his quality as the QPR boss states.

Now aged 36 he is not a long-term option for the club. Cifuentes will likely stick with the veteran until the end of the season but should perhaps look at other options either from within the club or dip into the transfer market for a replacement.

He only joined QPR on a one-year deal following his release from Everton and so could be allowed to move on and become a free agent. Alternatively, he could possibly move into a coaching role or a back-up to a new number one between the sticks.

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