QPR have a few contenders for best young hope.
It says a lot for the academy run by Chris Ramsey that three fresh faces have already made their debut this season.
Ramsey may not have been his bosses’ taste as first-team coach.
But it was easy to see why the club went back for him a few months after he was sacked a year ago this week.
The one plus in a middling season, when Ramsey's replacement Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has also been shown the door, has been the breakthroughs by midfielder Olamide Shodipo, known as ‘Mide’ to everyone, Nicolas Hamalainen at left-back, and Osman Kakay on the other side of defence.
Of the three, Shodipo has played the most – 10 times so far – and was included in the opening day 3-0 win over Leeds.
It was big a gamble to throw in a 19-year-old for a big game, but the teenager lived up to expectations after an excellent pre-season.
Shodipo plays on the left, and his enthusiasm and speed has caught the eye.
There’s plenty he still has to learn, but of the 10 appearances so far, he’s only been on the losing side twice.
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