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A Profile Of Andy King As Rangers Close In On A Loan Deal For The Premier League Winner

Rangers are closing in on the loan signing of Leicester City midfielder Andy King, according to reliable, local reporter Rob Tanner. The journalist reported on his Twitter feed that the Welshman could seal a move to Ibrox in the next two days:

So, what do we know about King? He is a one-club man, having come through the academy at the Foxes before making his senior debut against Wolves in a 0-0 draw back in October 2007.

The midfielder played a bit-part role as Leicester were relegated to the third tier of English football in 2008. However, the relegation to League One actually helped King get regular game time.

He reached double figures for goals as the Foxes were promoted straight back to the English Championship, and he continued his rich vein of form as his side finished in fifth place at the end of the 2009/10 season.

The 2010/11 campaign would, however, be King’s most prolific season as a professional football. He bagged 16 goals and seven assists in 50 appearances for his team.

From then, though, the Wales international’s form started to decline, and he began to play a less prominent role for the Foxes. He played 30 times as Leicester were promoted to the Premier League in 2014 but he was no longer a guaranteed starter.

It must be said, though, that King played a critical role in keeping the Foxes up during their first season back in the top flight. He scored the winner in a 2-1 victory against West Ham as a substitute, kickstarting a revival that saw them win nine of their last nine league games.

The midfielder scored another crucial in the 2-0 win over Swansea, and he played the full 90 minutes in their last two league fixtures which secured their Premier League status.

N’Golo Kante’s arrival at the King Power Stadium did, though, limit King’s number of starts in Leicester’s league title-winning season. He still managed to make 25 appearances as the Foxes shocked the world to finish top of the league.

Since then, the Welshman has been on two loan spells away from the club. The 2017/18 campaign saw him playing at Swansea, while he spent the second half of last season at Derby but he could only manage four appearances due to an ankle injury.

While he may not replicate his goalscoring form from earlier in his career if he moves to Rangers, he is well capable of a scoring a rocket from outside the box, and his experience may offer manager Steven Gerrard something different in the middle of the park.

 

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