Queens Park Rangers might not be challenging at the top of the table right now, but they are cultivating a young, exciting team which looks certain to see them reach the heady heights of the top six soon.
The name on everyone’s lips at the moment is Ebere Eze, the London-born forward who has recently burst on to the scene.
We shone our spotlight on him yesterday, sticking a £5m price tag on his head as a starting point for interested parties.
He’s not the only youngster worth a mention though, so today we rooting around the QPR squad for more young talent, and we’ve settled on 21-year old midfielder Ryan Manning.
Manning was playing in the League of Ireland two years ago, with first division side Galway United. He’d secured a move from second division side Mervue United the season before. His performances were enough to alert QPR where he signed a two and a half year deal.
After eighteen appearances last season, he struggled to assert himself on the first team for this campaign, playing just seven times before Christmas.
He got a chance in January as a 67th minute sub against Barnsley, only to be sent off four minutes later for a late challenge.
Over the past couple of games he’s crept back into the side and managed to bag his first goals in QPR colours.
He followed the opening strike in the surprise 3-1 win at Aston Villa with a goal against Norwich as the Hoops cantered to a 4-1 win this weekend.
we’re putting a £2m price tag on the youngster’s head, reflecting his immense promise. Playing Championship football is demanding and at just 21 he looks to have settled well in the midfield.
His game is all about energy, high tempo movement and lots of tackles. He works well in a pressing game, chasing the ball and sticking a boot in. It led to his red card, but that was naivety rather than malicious and he’ll learn from there.
He won’t get the same plaudits as an exciting player such as Eze, the combative midfielder rarely does, but if his development continues it won’t be long before he starts being mentioned as a target for the likes of Everton, who watched him extensively whilst at Galway. One thing is for sure, they’ll pay QPR a lot more than they would the Irish side.
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