If there are Premier League sides needing a barnstorming striker who sticks an elbow in the back of defenders’ heads - Bobby Zamora is the man.
The QPR forward, out of contract at the end of the season, reckons he’s still good enough to do a job in the top flight whether that’s with Rs or someone else.
The 34-year-old striker also painted a different picture than the one of a patched-up player struggling through games week to week.
In fact, Zamora laughed off a previously held claim by ex-boss Harry Redknapp he had postponed a hip operation.
In the same breath, current coach Chris Ramsey reckoned the hitman was ’50-50’ to face Manchester City at lunchtime, but Zamora dismissed claims he was struggling.
“I’ve been available 98 percent for games this season. That says it all,” he explained. “If it means missing training on a Monday so I can be ready on Saturday, that’s the point. Operation? It’s a new one on me.”
Zamora warmed to the theme of another physical battle with City defenders.
Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala got a particularly hard time from the former Fulham forward in the 2-2 draw at Loftus Road in November (see above gallery). The 6ft 2ins player thinks that’s because he asks questions most top-flight forwards can’t pose.
"It’s nice to play the best players and put them out of their comfort zone and give them something different to deal with but sharp runs and the tippy-tappy they’re used to in training,” he added. “It’s more a case of an elbow in the back of the head.
“If Premier League sides are looking for that different option, I think I would be that.”
The great escape for Rangers has a wire fence even higher than the one in 2012 where they escaped on the last day as City won the title.
A rollercoaster saw Hoops survive a 3-2 defeat because Bolton drew at Stoke and went down instead (see gallery and video).
Zamora’s lasting memory is not so much the game, but the need to get the team coach on the road as quickly as possible.
“Everybody left the stadium very happy,” he said. “It was a case of hurry up and let’s celebrate on the coach.
“We needed to get moving before the home fans or would have been waiting two hours just to get going and not get home for 12 hours.”
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