Queens Park Rangers fans might have had three hard-fought points and a potential Goal of the Season contender to celebrate on Tuesday night but, as always seems to be the case at Loftus Road, those smiles soon turned upside down.
Bright Osayi-Samuel once again stated his claim to be the most exciting wide player in the Championship, with a stunning individual effort that would have made Rodney Marsh proud, weaving and swerving through a host of challenges before slamming home in style.
But, in the aftermath of QPR’s 3-2 triumph over Rotherham United, Mark Warburton made it clear that the Rangers fanbase should enjoy Osayi-Samuel while they can.
“Is there a chance [he leaves in January]? If someone wants to buy him, yes of course,” the manager told West London Sport.
“If someone wants to buy him, I’m sure they can, but every player in the world has got a price. As long as QPR get the right value… that’s life.”
It remains to be seen what ‘value’ represents for a QPR side who know that selling in January may be a necessity. Osayi-Samuel is out of contract at the end of the season, so the Londoners have one window remaining if they want to avoid losing their prized asset for absolutely nothing.
The Scottish Sun suggests that £5 million could be enough.
But Celtic know that, if a pre-contract can be agreed with Osayi-Samuel in January, they could get the former Blackpool star without paying a penny in transfer fees.
A Crystal Palace side who raided QPR for Eberechi Eze in August could also return to a familiar hunting ground.
So Osayi-Samuel’s wondrous solo goal on Tuesday must have felt rather bittersweet; a dazzling reminder of what QPR could be about to lose.