QPR could face a battle to keep hold of one of their standout performers from this season, with reports of interest from Turkey in Bright Osayi-Samuel.
Turkish media outlet Haber Gobal reported that Fenerbahce are targeting the winger with an eye to a possible summer move, with the 22-year-old apparently keen on trying his luck in Istanbul.
However, there are potential complications to the proposed deal, mainly the inability of the concerned parties engaging in direct communication due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions.
Osayi-Samuel has enjoyed a fine season at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, with six goals and eight assists to his name from 32 appearances. He had been delivering standout performances prior to the campaign being halted in March, with three assists in QPR’s last two matches, while according to WhoScored he has the fourth-highest overall average match rating for 2019/20 among Mark Warburton’s squad.
The right winger has stood out with his dribbling ability during the season, recording an excellent match average of 2.8 successful dribbles and frequently displaying an aptitude for taking on and beating opposition defences.
His tally of six goals is the fourth highest in the squad while he is the Hoops’ joint-leading assists provider (as per TransferMarkt), therefore highlighting the importance of his attacking contributions to the team.
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Losing Osayi-Samuel to Fenerbahce would not only deprive the R’s of a key attacking outlet; it would also leave Warburton with no natural right winger and no obvious replacement.
Marc Pugh, Olamide Shodipo and Paul Smyth can all play on the right, but the former two have rarely featured in that position and will both be out of contract at the end of this month, while the Northern Ireland native has been on loan at Wycombe this season and therefore might not be the manager’s preferred option to start regularly on the right.
While it could be a challenge for Warburton to dissuade Osayi-Samuel from leaving QPR if the winger wants to move to Turkey, the manager must not let him slip through the net too easily, especially with a lack of discernible alternatives.
Unless the R’s can be sure of adequately replacing the 22-year-old, they need to do everything in their power to get him to stay for at least another season.
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