Five former QPR academy starlets: Where are they now?

England's Raheem Sterling

It would be fair to say that QPR have not been blessed with talent from their academy in recent years, and this list all but confirms it.

QPR manager Ian Holloway during the press conferenceQPR manager Ian Holloway may look at the club's academy prospects for next season

Despite more recent successes on the pitch, including two promotions to the Premier League in the past decade, the West London club have struggled to produce young talent that have gone on to make their name in the first team.

The club's failings at youth level has not gone unnoticed by Hoops supporters. They will be hoping that it will be sooner rather than later that they see a star rise through the ranks and make an impact in a QPR shirt. We take a look at five players with ties to the QPR academy and where they are now.

Raheem Sterling - Liverpool

Sterling began his career at Loftus Road after moving to West London from Jamaica at the age of five.

He was snapped up by Liverpool in 2010, when Sterling was just 15-years-old. Now 22, Sterling is playing for Manchester City after being signed for a fee which put his transfer as one of the most expensive deals in English football's history.

The winger is also a mainstay in the England squad. Despite his development breakthrough coming at Anfield, you can forgive QPR fans for thinking what might have been if they managed to keep Sterling at Loftus Road.

England's Raheem SterlingEngland's Raheem Sterling

Michael Doughty - QPR 

Michael Doughty has been one of the success stories of QPR's academy in recent times, but when you look his career so far then it emphasises the shortcomings at youth level.

Doughty joined the club at aged 14 and has now been at the club for ten years. During this time he has just made ten appearances for the first team and has been on loan to no less than seven different clubs.

The midfielder made an impression with Swindon Town in two spells at the struggling League One side. He returned to Loftus Road in January and has only been able to play 78 minutes in the QPR team. At 24-years-old, it may be time for Doughty to consider his future away from Loftus Road.

Swindon Town's Michael Doughty celebrates their second goalMichael Doughty (Right) celebrates scoring for Swindon Town

Marcus Bean - Wycombe Wanderers 

Bean came through the ranks at Loftus Road after joining the club at 11-years-old in 1995. He made his debut in the first-team in 2002.

The midfielder went on to make 72 appearances in four years at QPR. During this time he played a starring role in guiding the Hoops to promotion from the Second Division to the Championship. He moved to Blackpool in 2006.

Bean has managed to have a relatively successful career in the football league since and at 33-years-old is playing for Wycombe Wanderers in League Two.

Giles Coke - Ipswich Town

Coke is another player who has been able to make a career for himself across the lower leagues.

The midfielder started his youth career with the club but failed to earn a professional deal at Loftus Road. After dropping down to non-league level, Coke signed his first professional deal with Mansfield Town in 2005.

The 30-year-old had a spell in Scotland with Motherwell before being signed by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in 2010. After a five-year-spell at Hillsborough, which included a couple of loan spells in League One, Coke is now at Ipswich Town but has managed just ten appearances for the Tractor Boys since 2015.

Nigel Quashie - Retired

Quashie began his career at Loftus Road as a trainee in 1995 and spent the majority of his career playing in the top two tiers of English football.

The midfielder played for nine different English clubs including Southampton, Portsmouth and West Ham United. He made over 375 appearances before moving to Iceland where he had spells as both a player and manager.

Quite fittingly, QPR was Quashie's first and final club in England after making loan move from West Ham in 2010. He said: "It's great to be back home, and I am delighted to be at a club that I love to pieces". He retired from football in 2013.

Nigel Quashie - Queens Park RangersNigel Quashie had two spells at QPR

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