, Opinion: Marti Cifuentes must reinstate 25-year-old star to QPR starting XI today

Opinion: Marti Cifuentes must reinstate 25-year-old star to QPR starting XI today

QPR face Birmingham City at Loftus Road this afternoon in a real six-pointer towards the bottom of the Championship.

QPR come into today’s pivotal clash with Birmingham City sat 20th in the Championship table. They’re just one point and one place above the Blues, who are only out of the bottom three on goal difference.

A win for the R’s could lift them four points clear with seven games remaining. However, defeat could leave them inside the drop zone and winless in four as the end of the campaign nears.

The outcome of the game won’t only impact league standings though. Defeat would be a real dent to the confidence of either side, so expect a real dogfight between the relegation-threatened pair at Loftus Road later today.

And for the fight, Marti Cifuentes must bring defensive midfielder Sam Field back into the starting XI…

, Opinion: Marti Cifuentes must reinstate 25-year-old star to QPR starting XI today
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A key player

QPR added some much-needed depth to their midfield ranks in January. The signings of Joe Hodge and Isaac Hayden added two solid options in the middle of the park, and that has given Cifuentes more flexibility in terms of how he wants to set up and play.

As a result, Field hasn’t been the nailed on starter he was before. Three of his seven Championship appearances since January have been off the bench, and he was only introduced late on against Sunderland before the international break.

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, Opinion: Marti Cifuentes must reinstate 25-year-old star to QPR starting XI today

Who is this?

However, his combative presence in the middle of the park and ability to battle and shield the backline could be crucial in a real battle today. His desire and commitment to the cause could be of huge value as QPR look to win an important fight in the middle of the park, with Gary Rowett’s Birmingham City sure to be up for the scrap in a vital game.

Perhaps fielding him alongside fellow battler Hayden would give Cifuentes a strong presence in the middle. Time will tell if Jack Colback or loan man Hodge are favoured though.

But, for such an important game that could get scrappy, Field’s presence will be a valuable one and could prove to be the difference on a massive day in the relegation picture.

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