Allardyce: Julio César won't be ready for the Premier League
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes Queens Parks Rangers' new goalkeeper Julio César will not make an instant impact in the Premier League.
César, who has been capped 64 times by Brazil, joined QPR on Wednesday after agreeing to terminate his contract with Serie A giants Inter Milan.
The 32-year-old, who won the Champions League with Inter and has been capped 64 times by Brazil, is likely to go straight in Mark Hughes' side despite the fact that the R's signed England goalkeeper Robert Green earlier this summer.
Allardyce claims that Cesar will take time to adapt to English football and has backed Green, who he coached last season at West Ham, to challenge the South American for the number one jersey at QPR.
''He's a very experienced goalkeeper, an England international, so I don't think he'll worry too much about the competition from César,'' said Allardyce.
''He [César] won't be ready for the Premier League. They'll probably play him because of the size of the name but he won't have seen anything like the Premier League when it comes in and at him.
''I know he's been at a top club for many, many years but this league is different to what he's used to playing in and that takes some adjusting to. Rob's proven he's one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League over the last nine or 10 years.''