Andrew Johnson 'ticks all the boxes' for QPR, says Hughes

The R's boss believes the forward is ideal for the club after he penned a two-year deal at Loftus Road following the conclusion of his contract at Craven Cottage

QPR manager Mark Hughes has praised new signing Andy Johnson after the striker moved across west London to join from rivals Fulham.

The 31-year-old agreed a two-year-deal with the R's on Tuesday, and the former Manchester City boss believes that the ex-Crystal Palace and Everton man can have a huge impact at Loftus Road next season.

Hughes managed Johnson during the former's one-year spell at Craven Cottage and admitted he was eager to work with him again.

He told the club’s official website: "Andy is obviously someone I know a lot about. I've worked with him before and the qualities he has are well known.

"AJ is a great character and has vast Premier League experience. That was perhaps something that was lacking in certain games, especially away from home last season, so it's something we needed to address.

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"His attitude to his work is first class and his ability to score goals at Premier League level speaks for itself. He's a very industrious striker, who gives everything for the team.

"He ticks all the boxes for me."

Johnson will compete with the likes of Djbril Cisse, Bobby Zamora and Jamie Mackie for a place in the starting line-up, but Hughes was keen to stress that he is always open to adding more attacking options to his squad.

He added: "I'm always looking for complimentary skills. If one player is adept at certain things, then another may be more adept at others, so it's important we strike a nice balance in all areas of the squad.

"Andy likes to get in behind defences and he's got good pace which is important.

"There are a lot of reasons why I've bought him in and they'll be there for everyone to see this season."