Queens Park Rangers are developing something of a track record when it comes to developing talented young players.
In recent seasons the likes of Eberechi Eze, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Jack Robinson and Darnell Furlong have made moves to some of Europe’s elite leagues and that’s down to the way that they’ve developed in W12.
But while some have thrived one player has found it a little bit tough to prosper.
Olamide Shodipo burst onto the first team scene in 2016 but has found it difficult to break into the first team set-up at Loftus Road.
Out of 32 appearances the winger has started just 10 games in that time – many of which have come in the cup competitions.
He’s also had short loan spells with Colchester United and Port Vale, but unfortunately due to injury his chance to really kick on has been limited – at least, until this season.
Shodipo completed a loan move to League One side Oxford United back in October and has really shone.
Speaking of the signing at the time, Oxford’s boss Karl Robinson told the club’s website: “He is an exciting player to watch, very unpredictable but always a threat because he has so much pace and a willingness to take people on.
“We have spoken quite a lot about needing that extra bit of pace that can stretch games and we look forward to bringing him in and working with him over the coming season.”
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To say that he’s made a positive impact is an understatement.
Since moving to the club Shodipo has made 21 appearances in all competitions, scoring nine goals and providing one more for his teammates.
While Oxford are currently sitting outside of the play-off spots it’s certainly hard to point any blame at the 23-year-old door.
With his QPR contract due to expire in the summer it seems that Shodipo is showing his true ability just in time.
Whether he’s done enough to secure a new deal with the Hoops remains to be seen, but if he is allowed to move on then there’s no doubt that he’ll have some very interested suitors getting in touch.