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Bosingwa A Problem For The Game

By December 25, 2012

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How alarming to hear this week that Jose Bosingwa is Queen Park Rangers' best paid player.

And how shocking that the Portuguese right-back refused to take his place on the bench for Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United.

Anyone who watched the 30-year-old in his final two seasons at Chelsea could tell that this was a player in decline, who the Blues were happy to offload.

That QPR owner Tony Fernandes and his management team were willing to pay Bosingwa 65,000 per week reveals a lot about their knowledge of the Premier League. The transfer also says little about the judgement of then manager Mark Hughes.

Bosingwa has been fined two weeks wages, and manager Harry Redknapp will now decide if he has a future at the club.

"It disturbed me when a player doesn't want to sit on the bench when you are bang in trouble," said Redknapp.

"We are all in trouble. The owner and the fans see their team losing every week and suddenly you get someone who doesn't want to sit on the bench."

Bosingwa has not played anything like a 65,000 a week player since arriving in the summer, and that he saw fit to tell Redknapp he did not want to be involved after hearing he had been dropped from the starting line-up, epitomizes perfectly the ills of the modern game and the inflated opinion of their own abilities that some players possess.

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