Queens Park Rangers are open to sanctioning Niko Hamalainen’s departure from the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by West London Sport, who claimed that, following the arrival of Norwich City left-back Sam McCallum on a season-long loan deal, the 24-year-old no longer features in Mark Warburton’s first team plans for next season.
The report added that, as a result of Warburton’s newly acquired option at left-back, the 58-year-old is now more than happy for the defender to leave the club this summer and will not be standing in his way if an acceptable offer is made, despite QPR awarding Hamalainen a new four-year deal only last October.
Finally, it is claimed that a move away from England appears most likely for the Finland international this summer, with clubs in Scotland and the USA being made aware of his availability on the transfer market.
Having arrived at QPR from FC Dallas back in 2014, and subsequently going on to feature only 29 times for the club over this seven-year spell, it is quite clear from the outside looking in that Hamalainen is simply not good enough to be Warburton’s first choice at left-back.
Indeed, the 24-year-old failed to make any real impression over his 22 Championship appearances for the Rs last season, helping his side to keep just four clean sheets, along with averaging one interception, 1.2 tackles, 1.5 clearances and winning 2.7 duels per game.
The £450,000-rated man also offered nothing in attack for QPR, failing to score, provide an assist or create a big chance for his teammates, as well as losing possession of the ball 14.7 times per league game.
These returns saw the left-back, who himself claimed he is “hungry” for success, earn a disappointing seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.60, ranking him as the club’s fourth-worst performer in the second tier of English football.
As such, it comes are no surprise whatsoever that Warburton is looking to move Hamalainen on this summer, as this would appear a highly advisable action to take. However, the question must be asked as to why the club felt the need to offer the £1,900-per-week defender a new four-year deal as recently as last autumn.