There’s been a few questions raised about John Lundstram, hell we even took a gentle dig at him ourselves in an earlier piece, but we’ve seen a lot of serious writings about his quality, ability, psychology, and settling in.
Let’s be clear – this guy’s CV is without doubt. He’s experienced at the top level of football, was part of an astonishing PL Sheffield United which roamed high in England’s top flight and was coveted by a glut of PL sides when he decided to end his stay at Bramall Lane.
So, this is a guy who can clearly play, and who was a major major coup when we signed him.
It’s true he has started slowly at Rangers. Other than looking the part at Prenton Park, he has been off the pace. He’s not been reading defensive lines, he’s looked a little lost, and aside a little bit of neat passing and vision, he’s been a little disconnected.
So far, Lundstram has theoretically looked like another Johnny Bigshot who underestimated the SPL completely and drowned.
However, he wasn’t exactly sparkling in Sweden either and that had nothing to do with SPL one way or the other.
Lundstram is no bottler, he looks like he has a strong brain and strong will and he’s getting adjusted and acquainted to a whole new life in Scotland.
Sometimes that takes a little time – look at Joe Aribo and Borna Barisic. They took almost four years combined to actually settle properly into the Rangers Way and Scotland before they started to show what they could do.
Sadly for Lundstram, he doesn’t have that kind of time at his disposal.
But just cut him a little slack. Yes, he’s not hit the ground running just yet, but sometimes they don’t instantly.
His CV should earn him a little breathing space, plus the fact he chose our club over financially more lucrative ones in the PL.
But we do need a little more for him and reasonably quickly.
What we don’t need is every fan slaughtering him each match. It’s hardly going to help.