Former Glasgow Rangers defender Alan Hutton believes Brandon Barker has wasted his big opportunity in Steven Gerrard’s starting XI.
Barker will find it tough
Barker made the move to Ibrox last summer, but managed just 13 appearances in all competitions in his first campaign. Regularly slammed by Gers supporters, it looked as though chances would be few and far between for the 24-year-old to feature this term.
However, he has already played in seven Premiership matches this season – more than he managed in the entirety of the previous campaign. And, although there have been moments of praise for the winger, he has failed to really stake a claim in the first XI.
Talking to Football Insider, Hutton is clearly not impressed with Barker. He said:
“He can be frustrating at times, that’s my honest opinion. I think he’s got all the ability, he’s got the pace to really hurt defenders but he just doesn’t do it enough for me.
“He’s got an opportunity, there are other others out, they picked his pace over Hagi. I think Hagi’s a better all-round player but that was obviously one of the tactics they’ve been going for, to get behind.
“He just hasn’t taken his opportunity. Gerrard’s stuck by him for large parts of this season but I think with certain people coming back, like Joe Aribo and Kemar Roofe, it’s going to be difficult for him to hold down his position.
“On the big stage he just didn’t take his opportunity for me, he doesn’t create enough. For someone with the talent he’s got and the pace, I don’t see it enough.
“If I’m a full-back against him, I’m thinking: ‘Oh no, it’s going to be a tough day, he’s going to take me on with pace,’ but he doesn’t seem to use it at all. He’s been given plenty opportunities now and I think he’s going to find tough with the injured boys coming back.”
Battle on for Barker
It really does feel like a missed opportunity for Barker – especially when you compare his situation with that of Jordan Jones. The latter’s predicament during the off-season was even more precarious than the former City man’s – he was even reportedly told that he could leave the club – but he is now earning plaudits for his displays. He may have only appeared in three matches, but he did score in one of them, and has certainly done all he can to impress Steven Gerrard.
Should Rangers sell Brandon Barker?
There is still plenty of time left in this season, and with the huge number of games coming the Gers’ way, Barker is still likely to get playing time. Now, though, there is no room for error if he wants to become a regular fixture in the starting XI.
In other news, this Chelsea and Manchester United-linked ace trained with Steven Gerrard’s first-team ahead of the clash with Standard Liege. Let us know what you think in the comments!
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