Legend Les Ferdinand relishing Bolton Wanderers-QPR striker duel
THE top target men for both Wanderers and QPR could be the key to victory on Saturday and success long-term.
That’s the view of goalscoring legend Les Ferdinand, who played for both clubs in an illustrious career.
Ferdinand is keen to see the weekend match-up between two big summer signings in the shape of goal machines Jermaine Beckford for the Whites and Charlie Austin in the Rangers camp.
And he believes whoever shines brightest in front of the live television cameras could be the matchwinner.
Speaking exclusively to The Bolton News ahead of the Championship clash, Ferdinand said: “I reckon Saturday’s game will be one where that match-up is one everyone will look at and compare both strikers.
“It is certainly one I am interested in seeing.
“Charlie Austin got loads of goals last season and will be looking to do that again and hopefully get into the Premier League with Rangers.
“I know a few clubs were looking at him and QPR were the ones who got him.
“Then there is Jermaine Beckford who has had a taste of the top-flight already with Everton and will definitely be targeting a return with Bolton. He’s a good signing for them in my opinion because his record shows he gets goals at that level.
“Both are very good front men – their record proves that.
“It could well be down to who is in the best form this weekend as to which way the game goes, they are that important bto their teams.”
Ferdinand spent eight years with Rangers and just six months at the Reebok but is well-placed to comment on the impact of strikers affter a career that saw him net 150 Premier League goals and win 17 England caps.
And he believes Austin and Beckford, who has an identical goals-to-game ratio as Ferdinand, need to reach the magic 20-goal mark this season if either side are to return to the top-flight.
Ferdinand added: “I always believe you get out of the Championship with a 20-goal a season man up front and both those are capable of that.
“There are good players and strikers in the lower leagues and both Charlie Austin and Jermaine Beckford are two of them.
“There is no doubt both will be key men this season, especially if they can get around that 20-goal mark.
“It could be the key to a promotion challenge for both Bolton and QPR.”