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‘The next Adel Taarabt’ – What ever happened to this QPR youngster?

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Once hailed as the next Adel Taarabt at Queens Park Rangers, the lengthy demise of Hogan Ephraim was one of great desperation. Now aged 31, what’s he up to?

A product of the West Ham Youth Academy and ever-present in England’s youth sides, Hogan Ephraim signed for QPR in January 2008 aged 19.

He’d spent the previous season on-loan in West London where he’d scored twice in 13 league games, and then-manager Luigi De Canio was keen to make him a permanent figure at the club.

Ephraim would go on to make over 100 appearances for QPR, becoming a first-team regular in his first three seasons and helping them to the Championship title in 2010/11.

That promotion though would spell the end of Ephraim’s career with QPR, and arguably the end of his footballing career.

He became a serial-loanee having spells at Charlton Athletic, Bristol City and Peterborough United – he even moved to the MLS to spend half-a-season with Toronto FC.

Though in each of these spells, Ephraim couldn’t hold down a starting spot and was subsequently let go by QPR in 2014, after seven seasons with the West Londoners.

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A new club awaited him in Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe Wanderer’s. He had a relatively solid season in League Two for the Chairboys, appearing in the play-off final for them that season.

He was offered a new contract in Buckinghamshire but surprisingly, it was turned down by Ephraim.

The winger went missing for a couple of years before signing for National League South side Whitehawk in 2017 – he never played a game for Whitehawk, and left after only a couple of weeks training with them.

He’s without a club now, but regularly posts on his Twitter account here, and clearly still retains some interest in the game.

Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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