Warnock bigs up Bothroyd

QPR boss backing free agent to make his mark in the top flight

Bothroyd: Warnock believes he has got himself a bargain

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Neil Warnock believes Jay Bothroyd has the ability to outshine Liverpool's £35million frontman Andy Carroll.

Queens Park Rangers snapped Bothroyd up as a free agent this summer following his decision to run down his contract at Cardiff.

The Premier League new-boys believe they have got themselves a bargain, given how much some of their top-flight rivals have splashed out on firepower in recent months.

Warnock is convinced Bothroyd will prove to be a shrewd acquisition and is backing him to force his way back into the England fold, allowing him to add to the solitary cap he picked up last term.

He said: "I look at strikers in the Premier League and people mention Andy Carroll to me and however many millions he cost.

On song

"Andy Carroll is good in the air, but you cannot tell me he has more about him than Jay Bothroyd when he is on song.

"I think Jay has got everything to fight for his England place and it is really up to him."

QPR, despite boasting wealthy owners, have had to tread carefully in the transfer market this summer, with funds thin on the grounds.

Warnock has no complaints about the cautious approach being favoured by his board, but believes it would be foolish to set his sights any higher than securing top-flight survival given the money available to him.

He added: "If we don't spend any money, which it does not look like we are going to, staying up would be a massive achievement."