Everyone and his dog has had something to say about John Lundstram. But there’s a wider picture about the Englishman and indeed all signings that tends to get overlooked.
When a club makes a summer signing, most times that new signing barely gets a pre-season and has to gel with the players quickly. The manager simply hopes that happens.
Unfortunately, bar the occasional fast starter, that rarely to never takes place.
And what does this mean? When a club makes a signing, generally, it is actually for a year later, when the player has fully settled and gets the proper pre-season under his belt.
Look at Scott Wright, 8 months later and shining after being a bit of a fringe player in February onwards. Look at Joe Aribo, who took well over a year to thrive in our shirt. And of course Borna Barisic who took over a year as well. Glen Kamara himself didn’t exactly stand out till well into his first year either.
In short, few signings immediately impact on the team the way we want to. Sometimes we get that quick starter, but most of the time they’re slow burners and they’re signed for their projected impact 12 months from ‘now’.
Last summer we secured Hagi and Bassey among others. This season they’re two of our shining stars having had indifferent to decent maiden campaigns last term. The difference a year or so can make cannot be underestimated.
And the point of our piece? John Lundstram clearly hasn’t started life too quickly at Ibrox, and it’s a total culture change for him at Ibrox compared with the lesser pressure at Sheffield, with all due respect.
He definitely needs time – and we’ll see how he is come 12 months (or less) from now. Either way, while he let us down last night, we don’t think he turned into a rotten player overnight.
So he gets a chance.