This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel was left out of the R’s’ most recent matchday squad against Barnsley after he rejected a new deal.
His future has been up in the air for some time now with his contract expiring in June, amid growing interest from north of the border from Rangers and Celtic.
So, with this latest development in mind, do you expect Osayi–Samuel to depart QPR in January after he rejected new deal as Celtic and Rangers linger?
The team here at FLW discuss….
I can definitely see it happening.
It seems clear that Osayi-Samuel does not plan to put pen to paper on a new deal at QPR, meaning a move elsewhere sooner rather than later surely seems inevitable for the winger.
Should that happen, then a move to either Celtic or Rangers would surely be tempting, considering it ought to give him the opportunity to compete for silverware and play European football, an opportunity that has to be appealing to any player in the 22-year-old’s current position.
Considering the ability that he has previously shown, you also feel that both Auld Firm clubs would be keen on a move for Osayi-Samuel, with his contract situation allowing them to get him on a free with a pre-contract agreement as soon as January, and with neither club likely to want to lose out to the other even in a transfer battle, that could spark quite a battle for his signature.
With QPR struggling at the wrong end of the Championship table, it’s not difficult to see why he’d want to leave.
Having entered the final 12 months of his contract, QPR still hold some value in Osayi-Samuel, meaning a January move would suit both parties.
He’d no doubt want to hold out for a potential Premier League side, but with both Celtic and Rangers offering up European football, I think either would be a move that would certainly appeal to him. – and one I think will happen.
What happens between now and January remains unclear, but what is clear is that Osayi-Samuel’s days at Loftus Road appear limited.
Things certainly seem to be moving in that direction.
If QPR won’t play him unless he signs a deal and he’s not willing to do that, then it makes no sense for them to hold onto him until the summer and let him walk away as a free agent then.
If that’s the case they need to be looking to cash in when January comes around and look to reinvest the money they get into the current squad.
They’re playing a high-risk game at the moment and you wonder how long they’ll keep him out of the team if their results continue to be poor.
You’d hope the situation is sorted soon because the Championship is worse off without a talent such as him playing and it would be sad to see his time with the R’s end on such a sour note.