Few European divisions can boast of as much Nigerian talent as the English Championship, and another starlet introduced himself on Sunday when Queens Park Rangers starlet Olamide Shodipo started in their 3-0 victory over Leeds United.
19-year-old Mide, who has represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level, featured on the left side of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s 4-2-3-1 formation as the promotion hopefuls got their season off to a strong start.
What a dream come true to make my Professional debut! Even better to get the 3 points! Glory be to God pic.twitter.com/9g2i5LFXW8— S (@MideSho) August 7, 2016
Another Nigerian, Nedum Onuoha, gave the home side the lead in the fourth side following a goalmouth scramble, and the Rs extended their lead in the 73rd minute when Tjaronn Chery beat Rob Green from the penalty spot.
Sebastian Polter added a third in the 93rd minute following an Onuoha assist as the Londoners made an early statement of intent in the title race.
Shodipo has been one of the bright lights for Rangers during preseason and has expressed his delight at beginning to establish himself in Hasselbaink’s plans.
The Dublin-born teenager, whose full name is Olamide Oluwatimilehin Babatunde Oluwaka Shodipo, moved to London when he was a child and offers power and pace across the forward line.