By Sam Stone

21st Oct, 2022 | 2:10pm

View: Brighton midfielder Taylor Richards faces big remainder of 2022/23 campaign

Brighton and Hove Albion youngster Taylor Richards has endured a terrible time with injuries of late with his latest loan move at QPR already blighted by a layoff.

The 21-year-old suffered a thigh injury just one game into the new campaign and has been sidelined for the past two months with the issue (The Athletic, 8 August).

This latest injury follows more bad luck for the youngster who sustained an ankle injury in his medical ahead of a loan move to Birmingham City in the 2021/22 season.

However, he has since returned to action for Michael Beale’s high-flying Queens Park Rangers team and has a vital couple of months ahead of him.

His contract at Brighton comes to a close in the summer of 2024 and with QPR having the option to buy at the end of this season, there is every chance he could be playing Premier League football one way or another.

The dynamic midfielder certainly has an eye for goal, having previously scored 11 times for Doncaster during his first loan spell away from the Amex.

Eberechi Eze’s time at Loftus Road should give Richards confidence that he can go on to bigger and better things over the next couple of years.

Eze, who operated in a similar role at QPR has gone on to be a huge success at Crystal Palace and is rumoured to be in consideration for Gareth Southgate’s England plans.

After some sporadic substitute appearances, it’s now time for Richards to really stamp his authority on this QPR side and rediscover his goalscoring form from his Doncaster Rovers days.

With Premier League football being a real possibility, the 21-year-old must do everything he can to be an integral part of Beale’s plans to prevent himself from being dragged back into another Championship loan next season.

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