QPR star in surprise move to MLS

Talented QPR youngster Hogan Ephraim looks set to turn his back on English football and head off to Canada.

Hogan Ephraim has had an appalling couple of seasons which must have been very worrying and depressing for such a young man.

In total he’s only been involved in 13 games and has only scored two goals from the start of last season up to this point, which has prompted him to take a drastic career change.

The former West Ham youth looks set to head off to Canada where he is tipped to join Toronto, currently managed by former QPR defender Ryan Nelsen.

Players going from England or Europe to play in the MLS is nothing new and it could work out extremely well for the 24-year-old who will be looking to use the move to revitalise his career.

The deal being discussed is just a loan switch which seems to suggest that QPR boss Harry Redknapp still thinks that the player has a future at the club, just not at the moment.

That seems fair considering the battle against relegation QPR are currently going through and it may be deemed as unfair to place that sort of pressure on the shoulders of a player who has not played a lot of football.

He may well have been used more this season had it not been for a troublesome hamstring problem which has kept him out of the team for some important games, where he may have been given a chance.

He shouldn’t see this as a setback by any means. It’s a chance to link up with a former teammate, someone with much more experience who should give him a chance to get stuck into the MLS.

It will give him a chance to get that goalscoring ability back which is important for any attacking midfielder or play maker that is struggling with confidence.

Most importantly, it’s a chance for him to make himself indispensible to QPR when he goes back to the club at a later date. It could even be seen as a risk by QPR as he may not want to return to London, based on how his spell at Toronto goes.

No one can blame him for this move because he hasn’t had any sort of consistency since the 2010/2011 season and even then he started under half the games for QPR in the Championship, scoring just three goals.

How do you think he’ll get on?

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