Redknapp: Leicester’s strikers have been the difference so far

QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes Leicester’s strikers have been the difference between the Championship’s top two so far this season.-

The likes of David Nugent and Jamie Vardy have impressed for the league leaders, who recently signed veteran forward Kevin Phillips.

Second-placed Rangers, on the other hand, have been reliant on top scorer Charlie Austin and are keen to bring in at least one more frontman during this month’s transfer window.

Redknapp said: “We’ve had injuries this season. Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora both had spells when they were out injured and we only had one striker.

“You really can’t go with one striker. Leicester have got five strikers – they’re very strong up front – and you need two so you can start with two up front or bring someone on to change a game if you want to.

Charlie Austin of QPR
Simpson and Austin have been key players.

“We haven’t had that luxury. We’ve been lucky that Charlie has stayed fit.”

And Redknapp has reiterated his belief that Rangers are also too dependent on right-back Danny Simpson, who has been ever-present for them this season.

Luke Young’s hip condition means he has not featured in a league game since March 2012, while Nedum Onuoha can play at full-back but could be needed in the centre of defence, where Rangers’ options are also limited.

“It is a problem. Luke Young is still here but hasn’t played any games for almost two years so we’ll have to have a look at that one,” said Redknapp.

“Luke is still capable, it’s just a question of whether he’s fit. Nedum can play at right-back but the problem is then if you get a knock at centre-half.

“Every manager always says they need another player, but I do genuinely believe we do.

“Everyone keeps saying we’ve got such a strong squad. We haven’t really – we’re short in certain areas and we’re not a young squad.

“We’re not overloaded with players. In fact there are one or two areas of the team where we’ve been very short.”

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