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2 QPR youngsters who look set for a very bright future in the game

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There’s an awful lot of positivity surrounding QPR at the moment.

Mark Warburton’s side are in the top six and have impressed with their front foot and attacking style of play in the 2021/22 Championship season.

The current R’s squad is a good blend of youth and experience but there are also some players further down the club that should excite the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium faithful.

With that in mind, we’ve highlighted two QPR youngsters who look set for a very bright future in the game…

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Stephen Duke-McKenna

The R’s are hardly short of attacking talent, with the likes of Chris Willock and Ilias Chair consistently proving their quality this term, but Stephen Duke-McKenna is a name we can expect to see involved in the not too distant future.

Duke-McKenna idolises Ronaldinho and is capable of playing on both flanks though his favoured position is as a number 10.

A product of the Everton academy system, the 21-year-old arrived in west London in 2019 and made his R’s debut last season – coming off the bench in a Championship match against Middlesbrough.

Duke-McKenna has impressed for the U23s this season as well as featuring three times for the senior side in the EFL Cup, which saw him showcase his impressive ability on the ball in the fourth round clash against Sunderland.

Players rarely have more international caps than they do for their domestic side but that’s the case here as he’s already made eight appearances for Guyana, illustrating he’s ready for senior football.

With the likes of Chair and Willock ahead of him in the pecking order, however, he may have to bide his time.

Faysal Bettache

Another young midfielder with a bright future, Faysal Bettache has been in and around the R’s first team squad in recent years but is currently cutting his teeth out on loan with Oldham Athletic in League Two.

The 21-year-old impressed in the EFL Cup victory against Leyton Orient – bagging an assist with an expertly taken corner – prior to his loan move and has become a regular fixture for the Latics.

He doesn’t shy away from the uglier, defensive side of the game but Bettache’s strength is his quality in possession and range of passing, which should mean he fits well in the expansive style the R’s currently play.

The three-year deal he penned last Autumn shows just how highly rated he is at the west London club and he’ll be hoping to get another chance to prove himself under Warburton when he returns from loan next summer.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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