Olamide Shodipo would benefit from going out on loan, says QPR boss
PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:56 25 January 2017
QPR boss Ian Holloway believes Olamide Shodipo would really benefit from a spell out on loan.
The 19-year-old, who signed a new contract at the club back in November, has rarely featured since Holloway has taken over the reins for a second time in W12.
Shodipo was a regular under former boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who said he had a “big part to play in his first-team plans”, and while Holloway believes he can do that in the future under his guidance, he feels that at the current time a spell away from Loftus Road would bolster him.
He told the Times: “He’s brilliant going forward, but needs to work on the defensive side of his game. He’d probably do better with a little bit of a loan spell.
“But with (Kazenga) LuaLua coming in, who’s a bit ahead of him in experience, I can’t really let him go yet. But I would if I could get someone else in - he is someone I could loan out.
“I think he would benefit massively from a little spell this season like (Darnell) Furlong or (Michael) Doughty had. This place feels special to them now.
“Whenever you go out, you don’t realise what everyone else is like. So he probably needs that and then he’ll realise what I’m talking about.
“He’s trying to do it all because he’s really fresh and wants to do things but it’s all about having a lot more than just running at someone and beating them.
“He’s got some great crosses, but he’s got three other elements of his game he’s got to learn and he will and I know he will. I’m delighted to have him, but sometimes it’s a big step up from the Under-23s to the first team.”
He continued: “Some hit it lucky and some don’t, and when you’re as talented as he is running with the ball, and you’ve been encouraged to do it in the youth team and that’s why you stood out.
“That’s what has taken you so far, but sometimes the team shape and the team things that you need to do - which might not be your forte - you need to pick them up quickly. I love him around the group and I’d love to play him a bit more.
“Everyday he’s out there, he’s fresh. He’s like a puppy with a treat, he can’t wait for a treat - it’s what I love about him. I blow the whistle and he’s there asking what I need now.
“The feeling he gives you is brilliant and he’s definitely one who will play for us and will get the fans completely and utterly loving him.”
Elsewhere, Holloway says he will look to loan out fellow youngster Osman Kakay.
With Darnell Furlong returning from his loan spell at Swindon Town and James Perch also able to play in that position, the Rs boss says the 19-year-old right-back will be allowed to leave Loftus Road - with Swindon among a host of teams interested in signing him.
“I feel it’s a challenge with Darnell coming back as I think he’s a bit ahead of Ozzy at the moment and they’re a similar age, so he needs to play and I definitely would consider that.
“I can also play Perchy there or move Nedum (Onuoha) there, so it would probably be good for the lad to get out on loan.
“I think he’s a fantastic young man and shows a really good attitude.
“I had to put him on when we were three down at Brighton and a man down so that was tough for him. But he’s done nothing wrong, I really like him. If I can get him out on loan, like I’ve done with Joe Lumley, I will do.”