Friday, 29 June 2018

Steven Gerrard makes big call on midfielder; reports


With reports forgotten man Jamie Barjonas is set to join relegated Partick Thistle in the Championship on loan, many fans have been a little puzzled by his situation.

He was one of the few successes of the Pedro era, having been given a (limited) chance and impressing with it.

Yet the young 19-year old midfielder is being farmed out on loan instead of making the step up to the senior team, in a situation that can be spun both positively and negatively.

It is positive in that he may just remain in the club’s plans, and the management deciding the time has come for first team football but uncertainty remains over his ability to do it long term for the heaviest shirt in Scottish football. By putting him out on loan to a decent side, he will be closely monitored to see how he manages as a first team squad member.

However, the negative spin is just how well he did last season – surely the old adage applies of ‘good enough old enough’ – and if that wasn’t enough to convince the management that he has earned a shot at the first team, will anything?

However, Rangers have a tonne of depth in midfield. Four defensive midfielders are arguably ahead of Barjonas, while Dorrans is another senior member who probably has first dibs – Barjonas may just struggle to get ahead of this lot.

And Steven Gerrard has been linked with Southampton’s Steven Davis too, so chances are even slimmer for the Leeds born mid to make his mark.

Is Jamie one for the future? We think he is. We think he showed enough last season to suggest he has the ability, but whether he has the mental strength to cope with the shirt is another matter.

And perhaps his season at Firhill will help show how ready he is.

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