Harry Redknapp insists he has taken no gambles on new players – not even the player he’s met just once.
Mauricio Isla is ready to take his place as a wing-back on the right of the Rangers new-look 3-5-2 system tomorrow against Hull City tomorrow after stellar performances for Chile in the World Cup and Juventus last season.
The QPR manager vowed he would sign only players he could trust, and has added Isla to that list even though they’ve only clapped eyes on each other shortly after the 26-year-old signed.
Harry was left with a squad not of his own choosing when he took over two years ago, and watched Rs plummet out of the top flight.
This time, he is certain there are no misfits in a squad that includes three other new faces, and one very familiar to the manager.
“The Chilean boy I’ve only just met him once – he just seems a fantastic boy,” Redknapp said, “but he’s going to be very low maintenance.
“The other three (Rio Ferdinand, Steven Caulker, Jordon Mutch) I know, and they’re not going to be a minute’s problem.
"I was hardly taking a chance on Rio, I signed him (at West Ham) when he was 14.”