Early in the January transfer window, Rangers signed Emerson Hyndman on loan from Bournemouth until the end of the season, but what can fans expect from the young American?
In his five games since joining the club, Hyndman has been involved in four goals, scoring two and assisting two more. The 20 year old USA international will be looking to gain first team time and experience in order to develop as a player. Having moved to the UK as a 15 year old to join Fulham’s academy, he made his debut for them in 2014 in a league game against Ipswich Town. He went on to make nine appearances in the league that season, his game time limited due to suffering a broken collarbone. In August of the same season, he made his full international debut for the United States in their game against Czech Republic. Having previously represented his nation at U17, U20 and U23 age groups he came on as a substitute for the senior side in the 67th minute.
Hyndman made a number of appearances for Fulham’s first team the following season, scoring his first professional goal on his 20th birthday. That season Fulham battled against relegation and this impacted on the young American’s game time, the club choosing to protect him from the scrap. He did go on to make 17 appearances during that campaign, 16 in the league, but his goal against Cardiff was the only one. In May of 2015, Hyndman captained the USA in the U20 World Cup in New Zealand. The team progressed from the group stage with Hyndman scoring twice. After that they narrowly beat Columbia but were eliminated on penalties by Serbia in the quarter final.
In June 2016, Hyndman signed a four-year contract with Bournemouth, making three appearances, two in the league cup and once in the FA Cup. If not for an injury in preseason he may have had more time to make an early impression and stake a claim for more first team action. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe sees Emerson as someone who “has huge potential to be a very good player for us over a number of years.” He will play with Rangers in order to both gain experience of being around a big club, and playing in front of large crowds.
Ultimately his future will likely lie away from Ibrox but following on from his good start can only help his, and Rangers, progression this season. With a change in national coach, Hyndman now needs game time in order to impress Bruce Arena. It was Klinsmann who fast tracked his ascent to the senior side, so if the Texan can put together some good performances it should not be long before he is back in the squad.