Queens Park Rangers’ Jake Mulraney compared to Tottenham Hotspur’s Aaron Lennon

Queens Park Rangers Under-21 manager Steve Gallen speaks highly of Jake Mulraney, who was recently released by Nottingham Forest.

Queens Park Rangers winger Jake Mulraney has been compared to Tottenham Hotspur star Aaron Lennon.

The comparison has been made by QPR Under-21 manager Steve Gallen, who was key in the recruitment of the youngster earlier this month.

Teenager Mulraney signed a contract with Rangers that runs until June 2015 after he was released by Championship outfit Nottingham Forest.

The 18-year-old is rated highly by many, and Gallen has said that he seems a bit of Lennon in him.

“He has got a lot of ability and when I heard Forest were letting him go I was very keen to bring him to QPR,” The Brent & Kilburn Times quotes him as saying. “I stuck my neck out on this one.

“He is a left-footed winger who plays on the right. He has a bit of Aaron Lennon about him in his style of play. He is small with explosive pace, great speed – real acceleration. He is a typical winger who likes to get behind the full-back and get crosses in.

“He played for Forest last season against us, it was the first game we lost and it was because of him. He scored the winning goal and was the best player on the pitch. I made it my business to have a chat with him after the game.”

The Republic of Ireland Under-19 international will now be hoping to repay the faith shown in him by Gallen.

Being released by a big club like Forest could have been a blow to confidence, but it appears that QPR youth-team coach believes in Mulraney’s ability.

The fact that the youngster plays for the Irish U19 side shows that he has the talent and potential to make it big. Hopefully for him and QPR, he will tap more into his potential as the season progresses.

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