Fulham’s special signing will show QPR how it’s done

by Michael Somerville

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Fulham today pulled off a coup of a signing, with the transfer of former Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra.

Diarra is joining on a short term deal, with an option to extend in the summer from AS Monaco. He has won La Liga twice and won Ligue 1 on four occasions. Diarra’s decision to make the move has furthered the belief that Fulham are showing their strength and their experience when dealing with ‘noisy neighbours.’

Although the ‘noisy neighbour’ tag handed to Premier League rivals Queens Park Rangers may not have the huge financial presence of the boys in blue from Manchester, but the West Londoners have more than spent a bit of money with the recent signings of Joey Barton, Shaun Wright Phillips, Djibril Cisse and Bobby Zamora.

However, Mark Hughes’ men failed to score against Fulham, who have the worst away record in the league, losing 0-1 in a hugely disappointing result for the club.

It’s clear to see that the team hasn’t gelled well enough, and with games against Chelsea, Tottenham, Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City to come it’s very difficult to see them making the 40 point mark this season.

What is so impressive about the Diarra signing from a Fulham perspective is that the club have signed a player who is used to winning trophies at the highest level on a free. The Mali international has played his football with the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo and is a disciplined, aggressive and tactically aware player that will add steel to the Fulham midfield and will create a Plan B tactically if changes need to be made.

Diarra’s signing will see Fulham push into the top half of the table, whilst QPR will flounder into a relegation battle that boss Mark Hughes certainly didn’t envisage when he joined the club in January.

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