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Gerrard Will Be Hoping The Same Trick Works Twice With His Latest Rangers Signing

Gerrard Will Be Hoping The Same Trick Works Twice With His Latest Rangers Signing

Rangers finally confirmed the signing of Sheyi Ojo on loan from Liverpool last night. It’s been a deal that has been in the works for a while.

Manager Steven Gerrard will be hoping that the move works out just as well as it did for Ryan Kent, but it must be said the two wingers are different in what they can offer the team.

For a start, they play best on opposite flanks. While Kent prefers the left-hand side, cutting in onto his right foot, Ojo is best utilised on the right wing where he can cut in and shoot with his left.

The new Rangers signing is a lot more physical as well, standing a couple of inches taller than Kent, as well as possessing a good deal more muscle.

Ojo is best with the ball at his feet dribbling at opponents, and he will be very direct, probably shooting when the pass is the better option on occasion.

During his most recent loan spell at Stade Reims, the 22-year-old did struggle for game time. He did make 15 appearances in Ligue One but only three of those were starts.

Ojo was mostly used as an impact sub by manager David Guion, and a lot of those cameos came as a replacement for the number 10 or the striker so his physical attributes could be used in the centre of the pitch.

It must be said, though, that he barely featured in the second half of the season, and it was a loan spell that failed to really help his development.

When used properly by Guion as a right winger, Ojo had the most success. His most eye-catching display came against US Orleans in the French League Cup back in late October.

The Englishman played the full 90 minutes, scoring an equaliser two minutes from time. He also scored in the shootout, but unfortunately, his team lost 4-3 on penalties.

Gerrard will want a few more of those displays from the right-hand side in a Light Blue shirt. On his most successful loan spell away from Liverpool, Ojo made a real impact at Fulham.

During the 2017/18 season, the winger made 24 appearances for the Cottagers, scoring four goals and providing two assists. Although not great numbers, his game time was curtailed by a couple of injuries.

His dribbling stats are very similar to Kent’s, but his crossing completion is noticeably worse so that is an area where Rangers fans will want to see improvement.

Like Kent, who struggled at Bristol City before moving to Ibrox, supporters will be hoping manager Steven Gerrard can work his magic on Ojo and improve all aspects of his game.

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