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Strength And Weakness Of This New Rangers Signing And Is He Really Needed By Gerrard?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

Rangers have wrapped up the signing of Sheyi Ojo on a season-long loan, and it was expected for quite some time now that the players would move at Ibrox. Fans would have loved to see Ryan Kent come in, but another Liverpool winger should excite them.

Do Rangers really need wingers?

The Gers had already secured the signatures of Jake Hastie and Jordan Jones before the rumours regarding Ojo started coming in. The club is also set to have Jamie Murphy available for the next season after his horrible injury spell. The Gers are once again in the market to sign Kent, but they are set to face fierce competition for him.

Therefore with so many options, one might feel that it was unnecessary for the club to go after another winger in the form of Ojo. However, Jake Hastie could be sent away on loan. Glen Middleton is set to sign for Doncaster Rovers on loan, and Eros Grezda could also be sold after his terrible first year where he hardly made an impact in the first team.

Therefore Rangers going after Ojo is well thought of and he can be a crucial player down the right flank.

Player’s strength

To give Rangers fan some jubilation, Ojo and Kent were considered to be at a similar level when they started at Liverpool. However, Kent has managed to take his game to the next level in the last year whereas Ojo struggled for game time in Ligue 1 for Reims.

Ojo’s standout attribute is his pace and acceleration. His dribbling skills are also impressive, but what makes him stand out is his strength on the ball. He will be tough to dispossess as he uses his body well to shield the ball and we think that in terms of strength on the ball, he is better than Kent at the moment. Ojo also seems to have a much better first touch than Kent.

Player’s weakness

There is no doubt that Ojo will have to improve on his decision making in the final third. His work rate is also questionable on occasions, but we expect Gerrard to get the best out of him on the pitch. However, the biggest worry would be his mentality and ability to take the pressure of playing for a club like Rangers.

That is where Kent stood apart, and his signing worked so well last season. Ojo might be susceptible to something that happened with Ovie Ejaria last season. Hopefully, from Gerrard’s point of view, having worked with him earlier in the youth team, he would be able to solve that problem.

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