It’s been a long and lonely road as Steven Caulker went in search of the light at the of the tunnel, but tonight the Loftus Road floodlights will mark the end of his journey.
QPR boss Ian Holloway confirmed earlier today that the former England International was set to return to the Hoops side this evening, marking the turning point in the 25-year-old’s career.
A lot has been said about Caulker’s struggles, but all I’ll say is that it’s great to see him back; as a football fan and a human being.
Regardless of fame, fortune or finances, the struggles that the defender has gone through in recent years clearly took their toll, but Caulker is now ready to get his career back on track.
After getting 70 minutes in his legs in a friendly against Billericay Town last week, the Carabao Cup first round seemed the ideal place to re-introduce Caulker into action.
He may be rusty, he may not get a 10 out of 10 performance in our player ratings, but it’s a massive step on his way to becoming the player he was when he signed for the club three years ago.
His return to action against Northampton Town isn’t a football story, it’s a human interest story and everyone inside Loftus Road should get behind him as he steps out for his first competitive action since October last year.