May 18 2013 Latest news:
By Tom Moore
Friday, January 4, 2013
Harry Redknapp has been impressed with Stephane Mbia, who has become a first-team regular under the new QPR manager.
Injury and suspension following his red card at Arsenal meant that the full back only played four Premier League games under Mark Hughes.
But the 26-year-old Cameroon international, aside from when he was forced off with a neck injury against Aston Villa, has played every minute under Redknapp, who has been delighted with his attitude.
The Rs boss has preferred to play those who were at the club last season regularly, with many summer signings being left out for various reasons from injury to poor form yet has been delighted with Mbia.
“He’s done well,” Redknapp told London24. “He’s a good lad.
“He’s worked hard and I’m really pleased with him.
“I like him. He’s big, strong, good athlete and has a great attitude.”
QPR face West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup on Saturday and will continue to be missing key players.
Bobby Zamora remains out injured and Redknapp was unwilling to put a time-frame on when he will return.
“I’m not sure how long,” he explained. “He’s just started jogging.
“If you had Zamora and Andy Johnson [who is out for most of the season after an anterior cruciate ligament injury] fit you’ve got an outlet.
“You’ve got the big guy and the little guy who runs all day. Suddenly, you’re a threat to every team.
“At least you’ve got those two up front.
“It was unlucky for everybody that they got injured. You’ve missed them.”