Last week Mark Hughes announced his 26 man squad who he will be taking on a plane to QPR’s pre-season Asia Tour in Malaysia. Amongst all the new signings which travelled with the R’s, three lucky young candidates also were chosen to travel with the squad to Asia. Michael Doughty, Max Ehmer and Michael Harriman have been given the opportunity to impress the gaffer before the new season starts. It seems Mark Hughes already has one eye on the future as he gives these youngsters a chance to prove themselves on QPR’s pre-season World Asia Tour.
Max Ehmer, 20, was completing a successful loan spell last season for Yeovil Town but just two weeks after agreeing to extend his loan deal until the end of the season at The Glovers, Ehmer chose to return to parent club QPR as the opportunity arose to impress new boss Mark Hughes. He made great progress over the months he was at The Glovers and the experience he gained there build much needed confidence. The versatile german defender could press through into the first team squad in upcoming years at Loftus Road as this season at Rangers is about bringing stability and experience into a team that just beat the drop last season. If all goes well this season in the Premier League Hughes will be looking into bringing in some young talent for the future of the club.
Michael Harriman, 19, also will be looking to do the same as a product of the clubs Centre of Excellence. The hardworking and tiredless defender signed a new 2 year deal with QPR earlier this summer and told the club’s official website “The clubs got some big ambitions and I’m hoping to be a part of those” aiming to become a regular in the first team side. The former skipper of Steve Gallen’s successful Under-18’s team made his first league debut for Rangers in last seasons Premier League clash at Wigan in August. The Irishman has also gained some experience with his international Under-19 team.
The 19 year old left midfielder who has been capped for the Wales Under-19 team is looking to progress his career at Loftus Road. After a very successful loan spell at Crawley Town, Doughty has gained a lot of experience and can take on defenders with no hesitation full of confidence. Doughty made his debut for Queens Park Rangers against FA Cup tie against Blackburn Rovers as a substitution in the 88th minute, hardly a debut. The young agile winger will now be looking to work hard to prove himself to new manager Mark Hughes who is looking onto the future of the club.
What we don’t want to see with these youngsters is a Wenger approach where the youngsters are bought in too early and still need years to progress. They need to be bought in at the right time at the club which would hopefully be in a year or so when the club have got two strong stable legs stood in the Premier League, a perfect time to experiement with young players to give them an opportunity. Both Max Ehmer and Michael Harriman were named in Mark Hughes’ team against Sabah XI.
At the moment though Hughes is focusing on the upcoming season to prevent anything from happening that might parallel last seasons antics.