Queens Park Rangers are closing in on a deal to bring Martell Taylor-Crossdale to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
That’s according to a report by West London Sport, who claim that QPR have taken the 21-year-old centre-forward on trial following his release from Fulham earlier this summer, with the former England U20 international able to join the Championship club outside of the transfer window due to his status as a free agent.
The report goes on to state that the youngster has featured for the QPR U23 side in their recent fixtures, and scored in the 2-1 loss against Barnsley at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Tuesday.
While it is true that things did not exactly work out for Taylor-Crossdale following his move from Chelsea to Fulham in the summer of 2019 – with the centre-forward rejecting a move to Hoffenheim in order to join the Cottagers – the 21-year-old nevertheless proved during his time with the Blues that he is a player who boasts a considerable amount of potential.
Indeed, having joined the Chelsea academy back in 2008, the youngster impressed across the various age groups of the Premier League side’s youth setup, scoring 35 goals and providing six assists over his 53 appearances for the U18s, two goals over six appearances for the UEFA U19 side and seven goals across 29 appearances for the U23s.
And, while the striker failed to establish himself in the Fulham first-team during his spell at Craven Cottage – making just one senior appearance for the west London side – he did manage to score five goals and provide one assist over his 15 Premier League 2 appearances for the club’s U23 side in their 2019/20 campaign.
As such, it would very much appear as if there is a prolific goalscorer within Taylor-Crossdale, he just needs to find the right environment in which to finally make the step up to first-team football.
And, considering the development of players such as Ilias Chair, Bright Osayi-Samuel and Eberechi Eze under Mark Warburton at QPR, the 58-year-old could well be the coach who finally manages to get the best of out the striker – with his potential signing undoubtedly being an exciting one.