Earlier on we mentioned the recent story alluding to the departure of Sheyi Ojo, and how a permanent deal is very unlikely and he won’t come back on loan.
However, we also raised the topic of how similar in some senses he is, physically and position-wise, to former Ranger Nathan Oduwa.
Like Oduwa, he came from a big English side’s youth setup, and like Oduwa he came with a promising reputation.
Unfortunately, like Oduwa, he’s one of a litany of examples of loan signings that haven’t worked out at Ibrox, and even more tellingly, there were plenty of clues warning against bringing him in.
We have discussed Oduwa’s career record, aged 24, in some really weak leagues, and the best he’s done is 12 goals in 114 matches and 16 assists.
However, when we look at Ojo’s record, aged 22 and including his Rangers spell, it’s very, very similar indeed: 153 appearances, 28 goals, 21 assists. 23 goals and 14 assists in 117 before Rangers. More or less identical in truth.
The difference Ojo had with Oduwa is he actually got 8 PL appearances for Liverpool, with an impressive 3 assists, but otherwise his career stats aren’t a tonne better than Oduwa’s.
What we’re saying is there’s little evidence Sheyi Ojo on his arrival was actually all that much better than Oduwa is. Not, of course, that Gerrard would have been comparing the two, why would he, but surely the kid’s mediocre numbers were a sign he wasn’t cut out for football at this level?
Rangers have GOT to stop bringing in youth loans – other than Ryan Kent, and some might harshly saying including him, these players are unmitigated garbage, every single time.
They’re a shop window for their parent club, hoping the kid will hit a purple patch at a loan club, impressing them enough to make them want to pay for him, Kent style.
He’s the only time in the past 8+ years the loan of a young player has actually appeared to work, and of course this season he’s not really managed to match his performances, visually, from last campaign, even if his numbers are actually very solid indeed.
Otherwise though – forget the kids who aren’t good enough for their parent club and have failed multiple times at other lesser clubs.
Remember the lesson of Sheyi Ojo.