A disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of fellow mid-table side Leeds United on the final day of the Championship season topped off an even more disappointing season for Queens Park Rangers, which has resulted in the sacking of manager Ian Holloway.
Prior to his departure, the 55-year-old boss put a lot of faith in youth, starting a number of young players in his final games in charge at Loftus Road.
Now with a new manager imminent, Queens Park Rangers should be looking to follow the example set of their released manager and invest in some young, English talent.
Chelsea are infamous for their dealing of young players, which has gained them a lot of criticism in the past, but Championship clubs have only gained from such actions.
The Hoops should dip into the bank of Premier League youngsters, starting with Chelsea’s Mason Mount.
The 19-year-old signed at Stamford Bridge at the age of six, and has represented the London club at every age level.
Queen Park Rangers are in desperate need to change. The R’s have only had two seasons of English top flight football since the turn of the century, and perhaps Mason Mount, along with a new brigade down at Loftus Road, can begin the change that.
Mount signed a new four-year contract running until 2021 at Chelsea last summer, before he was sent out on loan to Dutch side Vitesse on a season long loan, where he has gone on to make 30 appearances, scoring an impressive 13 goals.
Queens Park Rangers may not be able to afford the youngster out right after the signing of his new long term deal at Stamford Bridge, but a loan move to Loftus Road could benefit both parties.
It will offer Mount the first team football he so desperately needs, and it gives Queens Park Rangers a young and exciting player who has what it takes to get the Hoops out of the rut they are in.
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