The differences and improvements in QPR’s style and approach were evident in their match against Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday. However, the three chronic problems that continue to plague the team were also glaringly apparent.

In the early stages of the game, there was a QPR move that showcased the quality of play expected from any team in the league. The team displayed energy, confidence, and a modern style of football, defying their league position and recent lackluster results. Players moved off the ball, created triangles, and demonstrated a level of coordination that had been lacking in previous performances.

Elijah Dixon-Bonner, in particular, stood out as a technically adept player who embodied the desired style of play. However, despite these positive changes under Cifuentes, three persistent issues resurfaced.

Firstly, the team struggled to score goals. Despite an encouraging start, scoring opportunities were limited, and Ilias Chair’s repeated attempts with his right foot from the left flank became predictable. The team’s goal-scoring approach seemed one-dimensional, and they failed to capitalize on possession and opportunities.

The second issue was the team’s lack of speed, both in terms of individual players and overall team pace. Chris Willock, while showing flashes of skill, appeared hesitant and lacked trust in his physical abilities. The team’s overall pace deficiency was evident when facing a more experienced Norwich side.

The third problem was the lack of impactful options on the bench. Substitute players, including Sinclair Armstrong, Charlie Kelman, and Aaron Drewe, had minimal impact on the game. Andre Dozzell, introduced later in the match, struggled with passing accuracy and failed to significantly influence the game.

While Cifuentes has brought positive changes to the team’s style, these three persistent issues – goal-scoring difficulties, lack of speed, and limited bench impact – pose significant challenges. The review concludes with skepticism about Cifuentes’ ability to address these problems without substantial changes, possibly through significant January signings that may exceed the team’s financial constraints.

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