Charlie Austin gets top marks; a few 'bad eggs' score low at QPR
QPR's squad of players -- fully-fit, in-form and motivated -- should have helped them cruise to mid-table obscurity this season, instead they fell to another infamous relegation and most of the guilty parties, criticised as "bad eggs" by Joey Barton, will now collect their lucre elsewhere.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players with fewer than 10 appearances not counted)
GK Rob Green, 8 -- A titan at the back for Rangers who has more than earned a reported move to Chelsea this summer. A few individual errors have been highlighted but anyone that watched Green over the course of the season would have seen he has been in excellent form.
DF Nedum Onuoha, 7 -- After losing his place in the side under Harry Redknapp at the start of the season, Onuoha worked his way back into the team to put in committed performances at centre and right-back. He will be very handy in the Championship.
DF Mauricio Isla, 6 -- The Juventus-owned Chile international arrived in west London an exciting wing-back and left a dejected defender. He showed promise at times when linking up with Eduardo Vargas but failed to live up to expectations.
DF Richard Dunne, 8 -- The defender is the sort of person a successful football club is built around. At times his lack of pace was shown up against the Premier League's more rapid strikers but that's like criticising David Silva for not winning enough 50/50 tackles or David De Gea for not scoring many goals.
DF Rio Ferdinand, 4 -- Unbeknown to anyone outside the club, Ferdinand was dealing with tragic personal pain throughout his time at QPR which hampered his influence on the season.
DF Steven Caulker, 5 -- The former Spurs defender looked a progressive signing when he joined from Cardiff in the summer but he has now suffered two consecutive Premier League relegations and towards the end of the season, the strain was beginning to tell. His athleticism is clear for all to see but his decision-making and tactical awareness were regularly lacking.
DF Clint Hill, 8 -- Like Dunne, Hill has once again been a credit to the club. The 36-year-old is not the player he once was but compensates for his age with an abundance of commitment and strength.
DF Armand Traore, 2 -- The former Arsenal man signed a two-year contract at the start of the season and it looks like a disastrous decision by the club. The left-back has formed a poisonous relationship with fellow first-team exile Adel Taarabt and like his friend, will be painfully difficult to shift in the summer.
DF Yun Suk Young, 6 -- The South Korea international lacks the ability for the Premier League but he will suit the physical demands of the Championship.
MF Matt Phillips, 8 -- Signed and maligned by Redknapp but has been a total success story since February when Chris Ramsey took over. If QPR can keep hold of the West Brom target in the summer they will have one of the most exciting wingers in the division.
MF Junior Hoilett, 4 -- All that early promise but none of it was delivered. Confidence must be at an all-time low after he lasted just 45 minutes of the penultimate match of the season. Sadly, in truth, he only started that match and lasted so long as there were so few alternatives.
MF Eduardo Vargas, 5 -- "Little Boy Vargas," as Redknapp affectionately called him, showed flashes of brilliance but never looked cut out for a relegation scrap and clearly downed tools toward the end of his loan from Napoli.
MF Joey Barton, 7 -- QPR's moral conscience worked himself into the ground all season, on-pitch and on Twitter. His usually excellent set-pieces seemed especially poor throughout this campaign but his work-rate and tenacity could never be questioned. He rose to the big occasions when asked to shackle star opposition like Chelsea or Manchester City at home but was found lacking in possession and against lesser sides.
MF Sandro, 4 -- A typically lazy signing from the management at the time. The injury-prone Brazil international's end to the season -- when his work visa expired and he was suspended for the crunch game against Man City which they lost 6-0 -- summed everything up.
MF Karl Henry, 7 -- His third relegation in four years. His effort does not deserve it.
MF Leroy Fer, 7 -- Did not do enough to keep Norwich up last season or QPR this campaign but his attacking talent and place in the Netherlands squad means he'll probably secure another lucrative move this summer.
MF Niko Kranjcar, 3 -- The former Spurs midfielder is out of shape and thankfully out of contract at QPR now.
FW Charlie Austin, 10 -- A goal-scoring warrior in the Championship and a supremely talented marksman in the Premier League. Austin deserves his shot at the big time and if he can't be kept, should be sold for a pretty penny.
FW Bobby Zamora, 8 -- Utilised really well under Ramsey, the veteran scored some fine goals and enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Austin who benefited hugely from his selfless style.
Wally Downes Jr. is a reporter for Hayters sports agency in London and a contributor to ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @WallyDownes_Jr.