Hughes: Cesar can be QPR's Peter Schmeichel

The Rs manager praises his Brazilian goalkeeper, claiming that he can be as influential at Loftus Road as 'The Great Dane' was for Manchester United for so many years

QPR manager Mark Hughes has praised goalkeeper Julio Cesar following his impressive start to life in the Premier League, likening him to Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel.

The 34-year-old Brazilian, who arrived at Loftus Road on a free transfer from Inter during the summer, pulled off a number of impressive saves against Arsenal on Saturday only to be beaten by Mikel Arteta's goal, seen by some as offside, six minutes from time in the narrow 1-0 loss.

Having failed to win any of their opening nine games, QPR find themselves rooted at the foot of the Premier League table but Hughes believes that a player of Cesar's stature can help lift the club and help them turn their season around.

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Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Hughes enthused: "He inspires people by his manner and his presence, and his performances as well. I've trained with the likes of Schmeichel, [Neville] Southall, and he's right up there.

"Not just as a keeper but as a guy and with his mentality in the dressing room, it’s huge for us – a real benefit. He understands what it takes and it drags in people around him.

"I haven't seen Julio over the time that I saw Schmeichel but he’s certainly on a par with the top keepers in the world."