Redknapp impressed with QPR youngster Hitchcock

Tom Hitchcock (centre) celebrates his goal against Ipswich last weekend

Tom Hitchcock (centre) celebrates his goal against Ipswich last weekend - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has hinted he may give young striker Tom Hitchcock a spell of first-team football this season.

Twenty-year-old Hitchcock, son of former Chelsea goalkeeper and QPR coach Kevin, scored the winner on his debut as his side defeated Ipswich Town 1-0 at Loftus Road last weekend.

Hitchcock signed for Rangers in March 2012, and was loaned out to Bristol Rovers last season, making 17 appearances and scoring three goals.

But after Hitchcock’s late strike against Ipswich, Redknapp admitted he is in no rush to send the forward out on another loan. He said: “We’ll see how he goes. He’s a young player so we’ll see what the next week or two brings.

“If he’s not in the side and we loan him out again then hopefully he’ll score some goals, but if he comes and keeps scoring goals then we’ll keep him here.

“It was great for him to score, he’s a ‘Johnny on the spot’, a little goal-scorer. He followed the ball in [against Ipswich] and showed goal-scorer’s instincts. It was good for him.”