In August, Rangers signed Andy King from Leicester City on a season-long loan deal.
The transfer came shortly after Steven Gerrard had spoken of his desire to have two players for every position, i.e six central midfielders for three spots: Ryan Jack, Steven Davis, Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo, Greg Docherty and now King.
Clearly surplus to requirements with the Foxes, the club moved to bring in a highly decorated operator. He is the only player in the modern era to win League One, the Championship and the Premier League with the same club. He can also boast an impressive 50 caps for Wales.
The thought was that he wouldn’t play every week but he would be an ideal guy to step in when injuries struck or when Gerrard needed to rotate.
Yet, we’ve barely seen the 31-year-old in Light Blue.
He’s made a total of five appearances, playing just 69 minutes in over four months.
His last appearance came on 25 September against Livingston in the League Cup, while his last inclusion in a matchday squad came three days later against Aberdeen.
Both Ryan Jack and Steven Davis have picked up injuries since then and games have come thick and fast, but rather than drafting in King, Gerrard has instead often pulled Scott Arfield back into the midfield.
Now, it’s reported that his loan deal is set to be cut short. [Daily Record].
So, have the Rangers gained anything from bringing him in?
In short, it doesn’t look like it.
Having not started a single game during his time with the club, King’s impact on the pitch has been minimal.
It would be wrong to blame the player for that, as there has been no suggestion of unprofessionalism in training – he simply hasn’t been given an opportunity. It’s likely the reasons behind that are a combination of the form of the club’s other midfielders and the fact that Gerrard and co. clearly don’t rate him highly enough.
There’s always the chance that he’s been a good influence on the group. Maybe some of the other players have picked his brains about past successes and learned things that they will use going forward. That’s all pretty hard to quantify, though.
This was a surprise loan move from the Gers and one that, it’s safe to say, simply hasn’t worked out.