Queens Park Rangers forward Paul Smyth looks set to depart the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by West London Sport, who claim that Mark Warburton does not look likely to offer the 23-year-old a new deal at the club, with his current contract expiring next month.
Having moved to QPR from Linfield FC in what was a £225k deal back in 2017, it would be a fair assessment to make that Smyth has not quite lived up to expectations in west London.
Despite getting off to the perfect start in his career with the Rs, scoring on his debut against Cardiff City, the Northern Ireland international failed to cement a place in the first-team, scoring one further goal and providing one assist over his total of 13 Championship appearances in the 2017/18 season.
A series of loan moves followed, with the £4.8k-per-week striker scoring six goals and providing six assists over 37 appearances during two spells at Accrington Stanley, bagging one goal and registering two assists over 21 fixtures for Wycombe Wanderers and netting one goal and providing two assists over 14 appearances with Charlton.
As can be seen, these returns – while playing at a lower level than the Championship – are not exactly breathtaking, despite the fact that Lee Bowyer dubbed the forward an “excellent” player during his time at The Valley.
As such, it would very much appear the right move for Warburton to allow Smyth to move onto pastures new this summer, as the 23-year-old simply does not appear to have what it takes to make it in the Rs’ first team.
Meanwhile, his rather hefty weekly wage could also easily be spent elsewhere by the 58-year-old manager, who will be looking to build a team capable of a push for promotion ahead of next season.