Osayi-Samuel is currently at Fenerbahçe but only joined the Turkish giants in January from QPR, after spending several seasons at Loftus Road.
The 23-year-old only produced one goal and one assist over the second half of the Super Lig season, but Phelps, who is Editor of The72, believes those disappointing numbers aren’t an accurate reflection of the reported Ibrox target’s ability.
“Osayi-Samuel was a quality player for QPR,” he said. “He has pace and power, while he runs from deep and really improved on his finishing during his time at the club.”
“He’s ideal for counter-attacking football and often played on the left wing. His brilliant solo goal away at Birmingham City during the 2019/20 season is probably the best example of what he’s capable of.”
The goal – 1:25 in the above clip – is certainly impressive, with Osayi-Samuel picking the ball up well inside his own half and driving forward for 50 yards under pressure from a defender before eventually slamming home an emphatic finish.
The strike was one of 13 he netted in 115 appearances for the Rs, so he knows where the net is without being prolific.
He’s the kind of player who gets supporters on their feet, but Phelps explained that the manner of his exit damaged his standing at the London club.
“He’s largely disliked by QPR fans now because he agreed a pre-contract with Fener behind their back,” he added.
“Mark Warburton then exiled him before they managed to sell him for a cut-price fee.”
Overall, then, it’s a mixed verdict.
Osayi-Samuel is a highly talented and dynamic footballer, but he wouldn’t get many opportunities to play counter-attacking football at Ibrox, while the circumstances around his January transfer may also be a cause for concern for some Rangers supporters.
The Nigerian isn’t the only winger the Gers have been linked with this summer, with the club also said to be interested in a £500k-rated current EFL star.