‘Class’, ‘Completely inept’ – Mixed reviews for QPR man out on loan will give Warburton a dilemma in the summer
QPR’s Olamide Shodipo has enjoyed his first proper taste of first-team football on loan at Oxford United this season. But where will he be in Mark Warburton’s plans next season?
The 23-year-old had originally made his Championship debut for QPR way back in the 2016/17 season. Since then, he’s had spells in and out of the side but this season, the Rs felt it was time for the Irishman to have a proper loan spell.
He’d had some short-term ones at the likes of Port Vale and Colchester United previously. This time round though, Shodipo has featured 31 times in League One for Oxford United, scoring an impressive nine goals (11 in all competitions).
His loan spell started emphatically – he was scoring goals and leaving QPR fans wondering why he wasn’t in West London this season.
Now with just one goal in his last 14 outings, Shodipo’s early form has petered out and it leaves Warburton with a growing selection dilemma going into the summer – will he keep Shodipo at QPR, or will he be sent back out on loan?
There’s been definite signs this season that Shodipo can bolster Warburton’s starting line up. But Oxford fans have started to uncover flaws in his game, with a common theme being that Shodipo is much more impactful as a substitute than a starter.
At 23-years-old, Shodipo is still a relatively young football but come the start of next season he’ll have turned 24, at which point in most footballers’ careers they’ve a fair bit of experience backed up.
Shodipo is still relatively inexperienced and that might sway Warburton towards loaning him out again. Whether that be another term at Oxford or elsewhere in the Football League remains to be seen, and that could all change depending on how QPR fare in the transfer market this summer.
See what some Oxford United fans have said on Shodipo this season:
Shodipo is one of the least intelligent footballers I’ve ever watched. #oufc
— Bc (@OxShire) December 15, 2020
It's not going to happen but Tiger needs to throw all the money at QPR for Shodipo. Lad is class. #OUFC
— Kieran (@KieranMilward) February 16, 2021
It genuinely shocks me how Shodipo has scored 11 goals this season.
The man looks completely inept 99% of the game #oufc
— BC (@bornbold4) March 26, 2021
Shodipo’s biggest asset is cutting inside and shooting from the left so I don’t get moving him to the right #oufc
— Tom Hext (@tom_hext) March 13, 2021
Great game to watch tonight and a record breaking 9 wins in a row aswell 🔥😍
Winnall was class with two lovely goals and Shodipo again coming up with the goods 🙌
— Brad Pittick (@Brad_Pittick99) February 2, 2021
Shodipo is really poor when he starts. #oufc
— BC (@bornbold4) February 27, 2021
Shodipo is non existent atm #OUFC
— luke oufc bodily (@lukebodily27) February 23, 2021
@bbcoxfordsport Looked really up for it in the second half. Henry makes the difference – he plays and we play. Long excellent. Clare great contribution. Shodipo looked class. Taylor pure quality. Same every game and Here We Go – Well played @OUFCOfficial #oufc
— ToTheManorBorn (@manor_to) December 15, 2020