Date: 16th September 2008 at 7:24am
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Ahead of the clash with Queens Park Rangers, Vital Norwich pick out Rangers striker Dexter Blackstock as one to keep an eye on at Carrow Road.

Blackstock, 22, was born in Oxford and signed schoolboy forms with the U’s 2002.

Southampton saw the potential in the then-17-year-old forward, and they took him to the South Coast in 2003 after being ordered to pay Oxford £275,000 in compensation.

His first team career at St Marys didn’t get off to a bad start, courtesy of a hat trick against Colchester in the Carling Cup which was backed up by a goal in the derby against bitter rivals Portsmouth, before being was sent on loan to Plymouth for three months February 2005.

A respectable if not earth-shattering return of four goals in fourteen appearances for the Pilgrims followed before a further nine game loan spell at with Derby County which heralded three goals.

He was called back to Southampton upon George Burley’s appointment in the St Marys hot seat, but the arrival of Bradley Wright Phillips meant Blackstock struggled to hold down a regular starting place in the Saints side.

In August 2006 he was sold to QPR for an undisclosed fee thought to be around the half a million pound mark and promptly won the Young Player of the Year award at Loftus Road in his first season with the club after scoring fourteen goals in all competitions.

Last season he found goals a lot harder to come by though. With seven games remaining he had only managed to find the next twice after thirty two league and cup appearances.

However four goals in the final seven games of the season seemed to give Blackstock plenty of momentum heading into the new campaign, where he has so far hit five goals in six games – including a brace against his former club at Loftus Road at the weekend.

A six-foot plus striker with plenty of pace, City’s likely central defensive pairing of Dejan Stefanovic and John Kennedy will need to be on their toes if they are to keep the league`s top scorer quiet.