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Opinion: QPR need to fill void left by January departure as a priority

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After a contract saga that seemed to run forever Bright Osayi-Samuel finally left QPR in January to join his new side Fenerbahce.

Manager Mark Warburton was aware of the on-going contract issues and was almost resigned to losing the winger in the summer.

Osayi-Samuel originally signed a pre-contract agreement with the Turkish side however after a change of events the deal suddenly went through in January.

The former QPR man had been at the club for four seasons playing over 100 games for The Hoops. Although his goal scoring record wasn’t the sharpest his quality was undoubted, and he was always going to be a big miss for Warburton’s side.

Thanks to the form of young Belgian winger Ilias Chair this season the impact of losing Osayi-Samuel has been lessened somewhat but wide options still look to be lacking.

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Chair has only missed one of QPR’s 35 league games this campaign and has bagged himself seven goals in the process, scoring two in his last three.

However, it’s on the right-hand side of midfield where they’re struggling to find a replacement.

Chris Willock has come in since the departure of Osayi-Samuel but has failed to hit the ground running consistently, he has only managed to score one goal since joining QPR from Benfica, however, has shown flashes of real quality in recent weeks.

Albert Adomah is another potential option for QPR to use down that right side but at the age of 33 his chances look limited.

It has been suggested by Football Insider that the Hoops are chasing Rangers winger Josh McPake.

The attacker is currently out on loan at League Two side Harrogate Town where QPR scouts were believed to have watched this weekend.

The 19-year-old has only represented the Scottish Champions Rangers once and has been sent out on three loan spells since 2019.

He is having the best spell of his career so far though for Harrogate and this has drawn the attention of QPR, he could be a useful option next season but he’s still learning his trade in the game.

Another young wide player that could suit QPR is 20-year-old Keane Lewis-Potter at Hull City, the youngster has had a breakout season at Hull in League one scoring nine goals, with three coming in his last two outings.

Losing Osayi-Samuel is of course a big blow for QPR and it sums up what has been a relatively poor season for a club who used to be challenging at the very top of the Championship.

A replacement is needed in the summer if Warburton’s side are to really push on next season.


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