QPR have announced that defender, Niko Hamalainen has joined American side, Los Angeles on a six-month loan deal.
The Finland international has made two appearances this season for Steve McClaren’s first-team and he’ll be hoping to find more regular game time for the remainder of this year’s campaign.
Hamalainen recently penned a new one-year-deal with QPR to extend his stay at Loftus Road until 2020, and it’s evident that he has a bright future ahead of him in the professional game.
But it was unlikely that the 21-year-old was ever going to become a regular starter for McClaren’s side in the Championship this season, and a loan move for both parties involved is the best outcome for everyone involved.
This won’t be the first loan spell that the youngster has had in his career, having spent a season with Dagenham & Redbridge in 2015.
But a move to the MLS is a completely different prospect for Hamalainen and he will be hoping he can perform to a high standard with the newly formed team.
If he can do that, then he’ll be confident of staking a claim for a regular starting spot in the QPR first-team when he returns in the summer ahead of the new Championship season.
He could be in line to make his first start for Los Angeles when they open their season against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday 3rd March.
This is a smart move by QPR.
He wasn’t going to getting the regular game time he needs to further his development, and I think he’s making a bold step in moving to the MLS.
He’s got a bright future ahead of him, and if he can impress out on loan, then he’ll have no problem in forcing his way into the QPR starting XI on his return to the side.