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One Of R Own: Rayan Kolli

QPR Under-18s reporter Len Harvey has been taking a closer look at Rangers' current crop of rising stars.

This week, Rayan Kolli comes under the spotlight...

Age: 17

Position: Winger/attacking midfielder/striker

From: Hounslow

Signed for QPR: Aged 8

Pre-match meal: Banana, lots of water then I'm ready to go!

How did you get scouted?

I was scouted turning up to a development centre one day with one of my friends for fun - I was told to stop playing because they wanted me to train the next day with the academy.

What’s been your journey so far and have you always played in the same position?

I've always been an attacking player for as long as I've been at QPR.

Highlight of your career so far?

Highlight of my career so far would probably have to be scoring a bicycle kick against Vitesse in the semi-final to win the game on our tour in Germany, because it was such a great feeling scoring a winner as a young kid.

Favourite player/inspiration?

I've never really had a favourite player, I just appreciate good football. But of course, [Lionel] Messi is the greatest of all time and I tend to gravitate to players that can change games or play with freedom. So, players like [Adel] Taarabt, Neymar, [Riyad] Mahrez or [Eden] Hazard.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years' time I hope to be playing in the Premier League, ideally with QPR and playing for my country. My parents are from Algeria and I have a French passport, so I can represent England, Algeria or France!

Which stadium in the world would you most like to play at?

I would love to play in the Velodrome in Marseille or the Santiago Bernabeu - I don't know why but the atmosphere in those stadiums look amazing during big games.

What are your strengths as a player and what do you need to work on?

My strengths would probably be my finishing, combination play, crossing, positioning and footwork. I would say I need to work on my heading accuracy - even though I can jump really high. I also want to become a little bit more consistent and accurate when playing with my weaker foot.