Reports in The Daily Express claim that Rangers are trying to secure a permanent deal for on-loan Liverpool forward Sheyi Ojo.
The 22-year-old was signed by the Ibrox club early in the transfer window with the future of Ryan Kent uncertain at the time. He was seen as an ideal replacement, capable of getting goals and assists from either out wide or from an inside forward position.
Rangers gaffer, Steven Gerrard, had made a statement by allowing Daniel Candeias to leave the club looking for players to produce “better numbers“. There aren’t many players that could replicate Candeias’ work-rate but Gerrard had identified Ojo as a player with the potential to get into double figures for both goals and assists.
Ojo, statistically, has begun his season well with 5 goals and 4 assists in 17 appearances, when you consider that Kent finished with figures of 6 goals and 9 assists in 43 appearances, the obvious comparison to make is that he is well on course to surpass his former Liverpool colleague.
The problem with Ojo is his inconsistency, not just on a week-by-week basis, but within a 90-minute match. He can display flashes of brilliance to create an opening on his own only to misplace an easy cut-back or shoot from a poor angle instead of passing. His decision making needs, it’s safe to say, considerable refinement.
When he gets it right he is outstanding though, his match-winner against Feyenoord and his performance against Hibernian in the league are a testament to this, he is a powerful runner and can finish with either foot making it a nightmare for defenders once he gets close to the box.
Kent started his Rangers career slowly, he had the same level of inconsistency but without the early numbers, he grew into the shirt and became a key player.
If the Gers can secure Ojo for a decent fee, then it would represent good value for money but anything more than that would be speculative, with Jake Hastie, Glen Middleton and Josh McPake out on loan, they have promising players of their own. Then there is Jordan Jones, Jamie Murphy, Scott Arfield, Greg Stewart and Ryan Kent that can all be utilised in the forward areas, Rangers have ample numbers.
Rangers ended up paying more for Kent than they would have if they had secured an earlier deal perhaps this is their rationale for looking to make the transfer permanent earlier in the season. Ojo is capable of producing good numbers but has to fine-tune his attacking play and work rate if he is to find himself next to Kent on the same pedestal.
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