Steven Caulker made the move to Queens Park Rangers before the start of the Premier League campaign, but was it he right choice for the 22-year-old Londoner?
Caulker made the move to Cardiff City last summer and was installed as the new club captain. Things didn’t quite go to plan for Caulker or Cardiff as the Welsh club was relegated from the Premier League after only one year in top-flight. Caulker had a relegation clause in his contract, which subsequently led to him attracting interest from many Premier League clubs. Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and many others were rumored to be interested in Caulker’s signature. Harry Redknapp‘s QPR were promoted to the Barclays Premier League, which released funds to add to the playing squad. Cardiff reluctantly let Caulker move to QPR, along with their other star man, Jordon Mutch.
The move may have come to a surprise to some, as Caulker surely could have aimed higher. He will no doubt feature a lot in QPR’s defense, alongside fellow new signing Rio Ferdinand. Caulker will surely be in another relegation scrap with QPR too, something he could have avoided if he had signed for any of the previous clubs mentioned. Rangers didn’t get off to the best of starts; QPR lost 1-0 at home to Hull City on opening day, and Caulker started the game at the heart of the defense.
Obviously Caulker feels he made the right choice by moving to QPR, and he is still very young. Capped by England a couple of years ago, Caulker first left Tottenham to move to Cardiff to concentrate on getting into the England squad, but once again things didn’t quite go to plan. So Caulker will now be hoping that his time with QPR will give him another crack at getting back into Roy Hodgson‘s England plans.