Former Rangers right-back-turned-pundit Alan Hutton was impressed by John Lundstram’s pace at Hampden yesterday, when the former Sheffield midfielder made a strong quick run to retrieve a ball in a direct leg race.
Only thing is, Ibrox Noise made mention of this a period ago, that Lunny, previously looking very sluggish and heavy legged, was starting to find pace we didn’t know he had.
And maybe 6 weeks later, he is outright beating opponents for pure horsepower when it comes down to it.
Indeed, is John Lundstram the most improved player under Philippe Clement?
Many are benefiting from the new boss; Tavernier, Wright and Danilo being just three, but Lundstram is a lad who was actually on the up before the Belgian took over – he was starting to finally rediscover a bit of his form from the run to Sevilla, after a long long spell in the doldrums.
And now? Now he’s tubthumping his way through midfield, through matches, and Ibrox Noise can’t remember the last time he scored less than 7/10 in ratings.
Lunny was always incredibly tidy with his passing, but when the form dipped, he did start to make quite a few errors, giving the ball away lazily and causing counters.
But these days, this manager is getting the best from him. Aside Rangers’ defenders v Dundee, no one matched him for touches, and his passing was among the best – he was giving a fair bit defensively too, albeit, as we said at the time, our midfield was dominating.
And that included him.
Lundstram, when he is in form, is a £10M+ player. He had that level of market value when we originally signed him from Sheffield – an experienced Premier League player, absolutely worth that money.
But Clement is getting that player back, and given just how reliable John Lundstram actually is, in many ways he’s one of Rangers’ most underrated players. Certainly one of the most underappreciated.
It’s good to see him back in full flow again.