SAMBA Diakité has been told to fight his way back into QPR’s team – because his future at Loftus Road is far from certain.
The Mali midfielder has been left high and dry since that woeful 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool at the end of December. In fact, the man who cost Rangers £3m last summer, has failed to feature in any of the last four 18-man squads.
Although he secured a bronze medal playing for his country in January’s African Cup of Nations, Dikakité faces a tougher fight to get back into Rs Premier League team.
Boss Harry Redknapp admitted he has midfield riches galore after he added Jermaine Jenas during the transfer window.
And after back-to-back wins that didn’t even feature the talented Adel Taarabt on Saturday against Sunderland, Diakité has it all to do if he is to impress Harry.
The manager said: “His form dipped a little bit before he went away. The Liverpool game was a disappointment.
“And now there’s Jermaine Jenas, there’s Park, there’s Granero and Mbia – we’ve got a group of them central midfielders.
“But Samba’s a good lad, and I like him and he’s training well. I guess he could be in the team anytime.”