Canadian Exports: Hoilett set for QPR move, what next?
With his club situation seemingly sorted, David “Junior” Hoilett just needs to decide where his international soccer loyalty lies.
After a summer of speculation over where the former Blackburn Rovers man will end up, it looks as though Hoilett has ended up with Queen’s Park Rangers, according to a number of reports out of England.
He had been linked to moves to, amongst others, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotpsur in England and Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany. But in the end it was QPR that won the chase for one of the players dubbed by FIFA in January as one of 13 “Players to Watch in 2012.”
Canadian fans will now be interested to see what steps Hoilett takes when it comes to his international career, as he has reiterated on a number of occasions that he’ll only decide whether or not to play for Canada or Jamaica when he sorts out his club situation.
The Canadian national team could certainly use someone with his offensive prowess, as Hoilett scored six goals for a Blackburn club that was relegated from the Premier League. Historically, Canada have had their difficulties in front of goal and with World Cup qualifying set to resume in September, Canada would certainly get a boost from having him in the lineup.
Hoilett was in attendance at BMO Field in June when Canada played their friendly against the United States. He has even mused about looking at the possibility of playing for England one day, since he joined the academy setup at Rovers at age 13.
His brother Jaineil plays for FSV Mainz 05 II in Germany and has played for Canada at the youth levels, while David has never represented Canada at any level.
Another Canadian on the move, meanwhile, is defender Mike Klukowski.
Klukowski signed a two-year deal with APOEL in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Friday. APOEL famously made a Cinderella run to the 2011-12 Champions League quarterfinals.
They play the second leg of a Europa League second round qualifying game on July 26.
Klukowski is the second Canadian national team player to join a Cypriot club this summer after Issey Nakajima-Farran signed a two-year deal with AEK Larnaca earlier this month.