Which three youngsters can break through at QPR next season?
QPR’s season looks to be ending in relegation to the Championship, and if that happens it is likely that many stars will leave Loftus Road.
With this situation upcoming, the West London club could be forced to look towards their youth academy for their fight in the second division.
This may not be a bad thing, as there is some serious talent in the R’s youth ranks, and we take a look at three prospects who could be set to break into the first-team next season.
A summer signing from Liverpool, Robinson left Loftus Road without playing a game for the R’s to link up with Championship side Huddersfield on loan. The 21-year-old has impressed in the second tier, playing 31 games in all competitions, and showing off a wealth of potential. The left-back position has been a weak point in the QPR side this term, and, although not explicitly an R’s academy prospect, Robinson should be able to claim a starting role as his own next season.
The son of Paul Furlong, the 19-year-old right-back has made three Premier League appearances this term since the appointment of Chris Ramsey as head coach. Showing his inexperience, the youngster has shown he was not ready for the top flight after being thrown into a relegation battle. However, whilst inexperience may have cost him, there was no doubt of talent, and his youthful exuberance and energy could revitalise the team if given consistent chances to grow next season.
An aggressive and tenacious forward, Grego-Cox has made two short appearances for the first-team this campaign to little effect, but the 18-year-old Irish youth international has drawn comparisons to current R’s star Charlie Austin. And it could be Austin’s likely departure this summer which opens the door for Grego-Cox to make an impact. If the club are relegated, playing at Championship level could prove a steep learning curve, but the youngster has an incredible goalscoring record at youth level which could see him become a success.