John Gibbons of The Anfield Wrap, has spoken to The Scotsman about Sheyi Ojo’s loan move.
The Daily Record report that a deal has been agreed and that the 21-year-old is due to join up with the Gers squad for pre-season.
In terms of a verdict on the youngster, Gibbons is split. He praises Ojo’s skill levels but says aspects of his career so far have raised concerns.
Talented but with a bad attitude?
“It is worrying that none of his loan moves have worked out pretty well,” he told the Scotsman. “He’s had problems with injuries, but there have also been question marks about his attitude from fans of clubs who have watched him.”
“He’s starred for England at all age groups. You just had a feeling with some of the loan moves he struggled for motivation. Like he felt he was above it all, which you can’t do in the Championship.
“Steven Gerrard will know him well and wouldn’t have taken him if he didn’t feel he could succeed where other managers have failed and unlock the considerable talent he has.
“He has huge amounts of natural talent. The ability to go round players like they aren’t there and when he is running at the opposition he is so dangerous. He really backs himself on the pitch which is good. He feels like he belongs on the big stage.
“In terms of weaknesses, it is mainly just the usual stuff with young attacking players. Decision making, drifting out of games and keeping his head up. It is fair to say he is better facing the goal than with his back to it as well.”
It’s useful to get the opinion of someone who has seen plenty of Ojo in action.
Basically, it seems that Rangers will have a real player on their hands, but one who hasn’t yet lived up to his billing.
The situation is similar to that of Kent. Despite spending time at various clubs it took the move to Ibrox to finally unlock the greater part of his potential.
If Ojo’s capture is eventually confirmed, he should be given a clean slate. His attitude may be under fire here, but judgement should be reserved until we see what he offers in a Rangers shirt.