Young QPR striker needs to prove himself to play, says Perlis coach

Perlis coach Razip Ismail concedes he knows virtually nothing about his club’s new loan signing from Queens Park Rangers (QPR), teenage England striker Brandon Adams, expressing only his “hope he is a good player”.

On Sunday, the 19-year-old signed a new one-year contract with QPR and also agreed on a season-long loan move to Malaysia Premier League outfit Perlis.

Frankly, I do not know anything about Adams. I tried searching for his videos on YouTube but could not find any

- Razip Ismail

The deal was made possible following the good relationship between Malaysia's Tony Fernandes, who is chairman of QPR, and the Football Association of Perlis (FAP).

Adams has arrived in Kuala Lumpur and is expected to report to Razip in Pasir Gudang on Thursday, where Perlis are due to face Johor Darul Ta’zim II (JDT II).

The striker had a stint with Ryman League club Staines Town early this season in England and will need to prove himself before being given an opportunity with the Northern Lions.

“Frankly, I do not know anything about Adams. I have never seen him in action. I tried searching for his videos on YouTube but could not find any,” Razip told FourFourTwo.

“I hope he is a good player as we are short of quality strikers in the team. Not every foreign player can adapt with the football in Malaysia.

Adams signed a contract extension with QPR on the weekend

“The weather is an issue for most of them, but I hope Adams will be able to adapt with our game style and also the conditions here.”

Razip added that he won’t rush Adams immediately into the Perlis starting line-up.

Adams needs to prove himself as I will not hesitate to drop him if he does not fit my plans

“I need to get to know him first before I can take the next step and groom him for matches. Basically, I need him to settle down in all aspects. I believe he is still inexperienced and will need time.

“I believe Adams is part of QPR’s project to develop players for the future and that they will be monitoring his progress at Perlis.

“I thank Fernandes and QPR for loaning us a striker. However, Adams needs to prove himself as I will not hesitate to drop him if he does not fit my plans.”

Adams had unsuccessful trials with Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City earlier in his career before being offered an opportunity by QPR.

Perlis’ other foreign signings are Jamaican defender Damion Stewart and South Korean midfielders Park Yoon Joon and Oh Kyu Bin.

In their opening MPL match last week, Perlis were held 1-1 by Armed Forces in Kangar.

Photos: QPR FC