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.
|JULIO IN THE CROWN|
|13/8||QPR are 13/8 with Bet365 to keep a clean sheet against Reading|
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."