Junior Hoilett - One of the Premier League's most underwhelming performers?

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were both linked with Junior Hoilett last summer. He went to QPR instead but has not enjoyed success.

Ask Blackburn fans who their most exciting player was last season, and the answer would have been a split choice between Yakubu and Junior Hoilett.

Both of those players were in demand last summer, with 30-year-old Nigerian striker Yakubu opting to become one of the richest men in his nation's history by chasing the megabucks over in China.

The other, Junior Hoilett, had his contract expire, although signing him was not quite so simple as Blackburn were owed money via tribunal due to his age - he turned 22 last June and the time he had spent with Rovers.

At one stage he appeared to be heading for the Bundesliga with Borussia Moenchengladbach, while Arsenal and Tottenham were routinely linked with snapping up the exciting attacker.

In the end he joined the Mark Hughes revolution at QPR, where he has simply been swallowed up in a whirlpool of underperformance at Loftus Road.

At Blackburn he had been a key man in their efforts to try to avoid relegation, scoring seven goals and providing seven assists in 2011/12 not a bad return for a player in a side which was ultimately condemned to the drop.

The season before he scored eight goals in all competitions for Rovers, and provided four assists - with his performances over that two year period making him a target for several top clubs and what gave him a reprieve from Championship football.

Now it appears his fate is inescapable, and when he turns 23 in June, Hoilett will have the stain on his CV at such a young age at being relegated with two different clubs, barring an unlikely miracle from QPR.

Hoilett at QPR has been a disappointment by comparison. While he was Blackburn's leading light and most prominent talent, he has not been able to bring the same consistency and excitement to his game this campaign.

At Rovers he was able to win games single handedly for them, at QPR like a number of players he is finding it all too much of an uphill task, unable to perform the same heroics.

It has not all been bad for the Canadian winger, he has scored three times, and provided two assists. While he has not found the net since November, his assists have both came last month, in victories over Sunderland and Southampton.

He missed a month of football with a hamstring injury in late January to early February, and one of the big problems for him has been inconsistent selection.

Hoilett has made 12 starts, nine substitute appearances, and been an unused substitute seven times, with Harry Redknapp often sacrificing him to fit in Adel Taarabt, or preferring Andros Townsend in his position instead.

Hoilett would no doubt benefit from being played regularly and being handed a more prominent role in the side. Unfortunately for him, by time that comes around, it could be in the Championship instead.

QPR fans what do you make of Hoilett?

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