Steven Gerrard makes big call on midfielder; reports

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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.

10 COMMENTS

  1. I think this is just about numbers. Too much competition in the..middle, lets see how he does with regular games, shame there were no takers in the SPL

  2. I am delighted that Jamie Barjonas will be put out on loan next season and if it's to Partick Thistle in Glasgow that would be an excellent choice for both of them.

    I wonder if Gerrard would want or be allowed to have him back at Rangers training a few times a week, to keep him in the loop and help with his fitness levels.

    So I think it is positive move for Rangers and the young 19-year-old player, as he still remains in the club’s long-term plans.

    • Agreed Richard. Anyone who knows anything about youth development knows that closing the gap and making the leap from under 20 to first team professional is the biggest challenge for coachs and the players themselves.
      Going out on loan and playing against men for 3 points every sunday is essential to the development pathway of our young players.

  3. I will eat my hat if Davis comes back, he knows all about our club but just cant see it happening, not this year anyways

  4. Loan arrangements between clubs remains a peculiar aspect of the modern game.
    Will the player in question feel like he is being shunted out, due to sub-standard performances, or will he see it as an important part of his education ?.
    Personally, I am not in favour of this nonsense. Either a player is part of the club, or he is not.
    Ryan Hardie is being pin ball machined around the country year after year..I have to wonder where his thoughts lie…

  5. I think we will find that any of the younger players over 18 that we have will be loaned out as the club have said they will play 17/18 yrs in the reserve league and that the older ones will be loaned out. I would exoexp a few more to go on loan

  6. Id Like to See him get a go in the First Team, But I am also Okay with him going out on Loan to get some Experience.

    For The Space to Be Made – Get Rid of :

    Halliday – Dundee/Motherwell/Ross County or LG1 In England
    Dorrans – LG1 in England or MLS

  7. Barjonas has never had a fair chance the boy, to be fair. I rate him. A loan out is ok as he's still young, but he impressed me. I think he could make a great wee midfielder. He's no scared to dig-in.

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