Just how good is new signing Tom Lawrence?
The Wales international, 28, was confirmed today as Rangers’ third summer capture, but his position is a curious one.
The fact he’s a left winger means either that he’s a replacement for Ryan Kent, he’s competition for Kent, or he’s going to compliment him via flank interchange.
Because while Lawrence isn’t world class, he is a good player, with some solid stats for the Championship.
The most telling one is the fact he had the fifth most shots in the whole league – so he’s certainly NOT afraid to have a pop (11 of them ended up as goals, with 5 assists).
But there are other useful ones too – he ranks well for key passes and dribbles – not as the best in the league, but still very respectable numbers.
He is certainly unlikely to have been signed as squad depth – his CV and the fact he’s turned down some strong rivals suggests he expects to have a major say in the first team.
As with all Gio signings, the lad will get our 100% backing, even if he’s never really scaled the heights to be a PL player. As a free signing, he was clearly worth bringing in.
And it is crucial to note the numbers he achieved last season were with the doomed Derby, who ended up in League One.
So not only were his stats among the best, but he did it with a team destined to go down.
So is this a good addition – as always, In Gio We Trust.