With QPR releasing five players – Joel Lynch, Pawel Wszolek, Alex Baptiste, Jordan Cousins and Jake Bidwell – and more players likely to leave, Rangers will look to call-upon their youth to supply much needed cover for the next campaign.
In the past couple of seasons, Darnell Furlong, Eberechi Eze, Bright Osayi-Samuel and Joe Lumley have enjoyed a breakthrough into the first team as players have left the club and they have been given the opportunity to prove themselves.
This will again be a regular occurrence throughout the 2019/2020 season, with these likely players to benefit from it.
The excitement surrounding Ilias Chair has grown exceptionally after his loan spell at Stevenage. The attacking midfielder became a significant piece to Dino Maamria’s team, with the manager describing him as the “best player ever to have worn a Stevenage Football Club shirt” and “probably the best player that has played in League Two”.
In his short-term loan last season, Chair recorded 6 assists and 6 goals in only 16 appearances – including a brilliant lob from his own half. In a team that lacks creative options, Chair will undeniably be around the first team to start the season.
The winger first appeared in QPR’s first-team at the start of Ian Holloway two-year reign as QPR manager, but drifted off into obscurity since then. However, after making appearances towards the end of last season, 19-year-old Shodipo could be on the brink of a breakthrough season.
If Rangers fail to make improvements in depth on either wing, Shodipo will be a constant figure around the first team. Also, the departure of Pawel Wszolek improves his chances of becoming a regular as greater opportunities will be accustomed.
Aramide Oteh struggled to make an impact on loan to Walsall in the second half of the 2018/19 season, but the 21-year-old could benefit from scarce striker alternatives. Matt Smith is QPR’s only first-team striker option heading into the transfer window, whose contract is also up.
With this alarming situation, Oteh could become an essential rotative part of QPR’s strike force. If he does, he will need to improve his overall performance to maintain his position as a first-team contender.