Rabu, 31 Oktober 2012

Hughes: R's enjoying challenge

Hughes: Still seeking first league win of season

Chairman Tony Fernandes has bankrolled the signings of Julio Cesar, Park Ji-sung and Esteban Granero, players more familiar with the fight for silverware rather than scraping for points at the bottom of the table.

Cesar and Park, as well as Jose Bosingwa and Djibril Cisse, all own Champions League winners medals with on-loan defender Fabio also having a European Cup final appearance to his name.

But Hughes feels all of these big-name stars are happy and fulfilled at Loftus Road.

"I think it's a different situation for them," he said.

"But when you speak to them they're really enjoying the emotions that they're feeling and the challenge they have. That's the reason they've come here.

"They knew they were coming to a club that wasn't going to be winning week in week out. Which is what they're used to. That's one of the reasons they've come here because they want that challenge, they want a different stimulus and that's what they're ge tting certainly."

Hughes believes a number of the marquee signings the club made over the summer could have taken the easier option of staying put but is pleased they have shown the passion to try and make a name for themselves at QPR.

He said: "You look at Granero again, he's 25, he could very easily have stayed at Real Madrid. They thought the world of him there. They would have given him a contract for the rest of his career probably, but he wanted more.

"He wanted to play week in week out and he wanted to show people what he can do. And he will do that. It's a different challenge for him now he's a key player. At Madrid he was a player that was relied on but didn't play many games, so he wanted to change that, credit to him."

Former Manchester City boss Hughes maintains his side have the ability to compete in the Premier League despite sitting bottom of the table after eight games and thinks the input of his big-name players will make the tell ing difference.

"That was one of the reasons I bought him (Granero) and the likes of Julio Cesar and Park Ji-sung because they've got a different mentality, a winner's mentality," he said.

"That has to come to the fore and it has done. We will turn this around because of the players I have in my group but we have to get the first win under our belts.

"That will calm everything down and then we can build from there. The longer it goes on we put ourselves under pressure."

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