Strong international showing can enhance youngster's QPR chances

Florian Jozefzoon of Brentford is tackled by Paul Smyth and Luke Freeman of QPR during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Queens Park Rangers at Griffin Park on April 21,...

Queens Park Rangers' Paul Smyth has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad.

Paul Smyth of Accrington Stanley celebrates after heading them into a 2-0 lead during the Sky Bet League 1 match between Sunderland and Accrington Stanley at the Stadium Of Light,...

Queens Park Rangers striker Paul Smyth might have struggled in the first half of this season, but his recent international call-up could provide the springboard to break into the first-team. 

Smyth is currently on loan at League One Accrington Stanley, and his strong start has seen him earn a call-up to the Northern Ireland squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Estonia and Belarus. 

 

The former Linfield man had rarely featured for QPR this term, but manager Steve McClaren has let him earn some valuable game time and it could certainly pay dividends next season. 

If Smyth can demonstrate his potential while on international duty later this month, the youngster will surely prove to McClaren there is enough about him to be nurtured into the R's starting line-up. 

Paul Smyth of Northern Ireland during the international friendly match between Northern Ireland and South Korea at Windsor Park on March 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Smyth will need to keep learning his trade at Stanley but, coupled with a strong showing while away with the Northern Irish side, the Hoops could be welcoming back a different player to Loftus Road in the summer. 

After scoring on his international and QPR debut, Smyth now has the perfect opportunity to continue impressing and realising his full potential once more and firmly cementing a place in McClaren's side for next year. 

Northern Ireland's Paul Smyth (C) vies witth South Korea's defender Lee Yong (L) and South Korea's midfielder Lee Jae-sung (R) during the international friendly football match between...

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