QPR winger impressing in League One with Arsenal and Aston Villa youngsters

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Coventry City have taken on youngsters Michael Petrasso, Chuba Akpom and Nathan Delfouneso this season.

Michael Petrasso, a bright young winger from QPR is hoping to extend his loan period with the Sky Blues, which ended on Tuesday.

According to the BBC Petrasso is hopeful of staying until the end of the season, but says it depends on QPR and Coventry reaching an agreement. 

Petrasso has featured six times since his debut on February 18th, scoring once but only seeing the team win once along the way. But Petrasso is a player that can offer much more than a goal, and has won the Coventry fans over very quickly with highly enthusiastic performances in both attack and defence. 

It's the second time this season the 18-year-old has been out on loan in League One, having made 14 appearances for Oldham Athletic and contributing a goal. The young star has spoken of the difficulties of getting into QPR's star-studded Premier League quality team. 

Petrasso told the Coventry Telegraph: "I've found it very difficult to get myself established in the first team. I have been training with the senior squad but it's hard to get a game because even our bench could be in the starting 11."

Although QPR have had a number of success stories graduate from their academy, such as Raheem Sterling, it's not often that a player manages to hold down a spot in their first team. Head of Academy Richard Allen has spoken of the need for this to change, and all involved with QPR hope this can begin with the proposed move to a new training facility at Warren Farm – which would also see QPR's academy upgraded to a category one. 

In the meantime, clubs throughout the football league won't mind taking rising stars out on loan to gain experience. Coventry City currently have promising 23-year-old centre-forward Nathan Delfouneso on loan from Aston Villa, as well as 18-year-old Arsenal academy product Chuba Akpom. 

Tottenham's Andros Townsend – who worked under Richard Allen – famously went out on loan nine times before being handed a chance at Tottenham, including a spell with QPR. But now with five England caps and an international goal to his name, perhaps the loan market is the way to go for the country's up and coming. 

Do you think QPR would be more successful if they relied upon their academy instead of buying from outside? 

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