Michael Beale said that he expected one or two Rangers players to be leaving before the transfer window shuts and Leon King could well be one of them.
It’s easy to forget that the centre-half is still only 19-years old after being thrown in at the deep end last season and the Gers boss is looking to let him reset this season, there is a reason Steven Gerrard wanted to take him to Aston Villa.
Like Alex Lowry, King is seen as a future regular in the first-team but, this season, they simply won’t be getting the minutes needed to kick on to the next level.
As Beale has spoken about with Lowry heading to Hearts, some loans are a loan to come back and that is exactly what King would be doing too.
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Playing alongside Connor Goldson and Ben Davies, Leon King has looked a lot more comfortable.
Expecting an 18-year old to be faultless alongside James Sands with a weakened midfield in front of him was always unrealistic and yet he still came in for criticism.
He played more Champions League minutes than any other teenager.
The Championship would be a great level for Rangers to send Leon King, it is a good, competitive, level of football and he would have to adapt to a more physical and fast paced style of football.
It might not be similar to the role that he would play most weeks for Rangers but it is an area of his game that needs to develop.
Lowry and King are still ridiculously young, there is no rush for them to be pushed to the front and centre or be written off either, it’s way to early to judge them.
Both players have shown that they have the potential, and they should be given the best opportunity to fulfil it.