#QPR Transfer Target?: Kieran Sadlier

It’s no secret that the talented QPR front line, including the likes of Ebere Eze and Bright Osayi-Samuel have caught the eye of bigger teams this season. Eze has a long list of potential suitors this summer, and with Osayi-Samuel seemingly heading to Club Brugge for well under his value some serious reinforcement will be needed. With the R’s board apparently having their hands bound by financial restrictions, the strategy of finding unpolished diamonds from the lower leagues and developing them seems to be the way only viable way forward.

It doesn’t hurt to speculate at what options the R’s could bring in. An interesting replacement could be 25-year-old Kieran Sadlier. Sadlier is now a free agent after rejecting the offer of a new contract with League One Doncaster Rovers where he was top scorer last season, notching 12 goals and 6 assists in all competitions.

Sadlier is an attacking midfielder that likes to play out on the left. He likes to cut inside and one of his greatest strengths is his ability to create small pockets of space on the edges of the box and shoot from distance. The ability to shift the ball at the right time, coupled with finishing as good as most number 9s is at a premium, especially for a free agent. I would highly suggest you watch the goals in the links below to see some of this ability as well as the goal he is infamous for – scoring for Cork City from inside his own box.

Sadlier has made no secret of his ambition to step up to the Championship, liking and retweeting numerous tweets suggesting he was holding out on signing a new contract at Doncaster so he could wait for a Championship team to come in for him, since confirmed by Doncaster boss Darren Moore. Many media outlets are reporting that Hull are the front runners to sign Sadlier, but with their woeful form, including the 8-0 loss to the reinvigorated Wigan and a relegation looming, Rangers seems like the more attractive proposition. 

Having come through the ranks at West Ham, Sadlier, was a bit of journeyman in England and Scotland before finding his feet in the league of Ireland with Sligo Rovers and Cork City. During his time in Ireland, Sadlier won the Irish FA cup – scoring the winning penalty and was featured in the Irish Premier League TOTS. Although yet to make his senior international debut, Sadlier was called up alongside Ryan Manning to the Republic of Ireland’s October international squad. Sadlier has also appeared for the Republic of Ireland’s U21 team. A free agent about to hit his prime, bags of ability, potential, and he knows where the goal is. This seems like a player the R’s are crying out for.

Written by George Rawlings

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