Queens Park Rangers’ Aramide Oteh is impressing on-loan at Bradford City this season, but will it put him in Mark Warburton’s first-team plans for next season?
The 21-year-old forward was QPR’s only recognised striker in the summer, but with the appointment of Warburton came several loan-signings, and led to a loan-move for Oteh himself.
He’s landed a season-long loan deal at League Two’s Bradford City.
The Bantams are flying-high in the fourth-tier, sitting in 2nd after 16 games and looking like contenders for a return to League One next season.
Oteh began the season with Bradford on the bench. He joined fairly late in the season and didn’t make his debut until September.
But seven appearances later and Oteh is finding his footing in the side, scoring twice in his last four and looking to cement his spot in the starting line-up.
His first goal for the club proved to be the winner in Bradford’s 2-1 win over Morecambe last month, Oteh coming off the bench and scoring after 15-minutes.
He also bagged the opening goal in his side’s 2-0 win over promotion rivals Exeter last time out and as Bradford’s fine form continues, Oteh’s does too.
Oteh had made a handful of appearances for QPR, and even has a Championship goal to his name.
A product of the Tottenham Hotspur academy, Oteh spent ten years with Spurs until he was released aged.
From what fans had seen of the forward, not all of them were sold on him. He looked a touch of the pace in his appearances for the club, and his finishing was far off what it needed to be to stay in the first-team fray.
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A loan-move was much needed for Oteh and now, he looks to be finding his footing in League Two and Warburton will be keeping close tabs on his progress.
If his current form continues then he’ll surely be in-line for a role in QPR’s first-team next season.
The club currently have Nahki Wells Jordan Hugill and Jan Mlakar all on-loan and when they leave in June next year, Oteh will be one of the only forwards left at the club.
Wells may well stay at QPR when his contract at Burnley expires next summer, and Hugill could follow suit as well.
But if both deals fall through then Warburton will have Oteh to fall back on, and he could potentially play a big role for the club next season.