This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.
Aramide Oteh has got off to a bright start in his latest loan spell at Bradford City, and his performance at the weekend will certainly please QPR fans.
After joining in September the forward has had to be patient for game time, but he has made the most of his substitute appearances and is now beginning to nail down a starting place in the side, albeit at left-wing.
He has repaid the faith shown in him by manager Gary Bowyer, with two goals and one assist, and his contributions have resulted in the Bantams sitting second in League Two.
A standout performance against promotion rivals Exeter on Saturday, in which he scored, suggests he is a player who possesses both quality and a big-game temperament, and such a mentality is exactly what he needs if he wants to potentially make it at a higher level.
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It could be the difference which makes him stand out and impress Mark Warburton, who has already shown during his short stint at QPR that he is willing to grant opportunities to young players.
Ilias Chair and Eberechi Eze are two examples of that, and both have become key players for the R’s, which signals to players like Oteh that there is a path to develop at the club.
First, though, he will need to prove his consistency, particularly after a disappointing loan spell at Walsall last season saw him return just one goal and no assists in 13 games.
However, if he is to win the trust of Warburton then he must address a big problem in his game – his poor passing accuracy.
He has managed a pass success rate of just 71% this term. That directly contradicts the passing style of QPR and is a long way off the standards set by QPR’s attack-minded players, with Eze’s 88% pass accuracy an example Oteh should be aiming towards.
Worryingly for the loanee is the fact he is the same age as his QPR counterpart, and therefore he could be running out of time to impress in West London, regardless of how well he is doing at Bradford.
Despite that, he will still have 12 months left on his contract by the time he returns, and he could earn a renewal if he continues his current form. If that happens he could still prove himself to Warburton and earn a permanent first-team place, or fetch a decent price if a decision is made to sell.