QPR have recently completed a deal to sign Stefan Johansen on a permanent deal from Fulham ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
What’s the story?
Johansen spent the second-half of the 2020/21 season on loan with QPR from Fulham, and went on to make 21 appearances in total for the Championship side.
He evidently made a good impression with the Rs, as they moved swiftly to secure a permanent agreement for his services this summer.
Speaking after his arrival was confirmed, QPR boss Mark Warburton recently labelled Johansen as a ‘huge signing’ that brings ‘quality’ to his team.
“This is a huge signing for us and I am looking forward to seeing Stef back in the blue and white hoops.
“He bring experience, he brings quality, he brings a calmness in high-pressurised moments and he has a mentoring impact n the young players, both on matchday and in training.”
A shrewd move by the Rs
Johansen played a key role in Fulham’s promotion-winning campaign in the 2019/20 season, and was somewhat unlucky not to have featured on a more regular basis for the Cottagers when they were in the Premier League.
The Norwegian midfielder certainly made a positive impact with QPR in his loan spell though, and will be looking to prove to Fulham what they’re missing out on this season.
Is Johansen a good signing for QPR?
Johansen had an average rating of 6.79 on Whoscored, which put him joint-sixth on the list amongst the rest of Mark Warburton’s squad, as they finished ninth in the Championship table last term.
With three goals and two assists to his name from his 21 appearances for QPR, he’ll be keen to pick up where he left off, as to will the club’s supporters, who will be delighted to hear that he’d signed a permanent deal with them.
He’s made 147 appearances in total in the Championship, and for a rumoured fee of £450,000, this is a shrewd bit of business by QPR, as they look to add quality to their team ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
It’s no coincidence that their impressive run of form came in the second-half of the season when Johansen was involved, and he’ll be eager to go from strength to strength with them moving forwards.