English Premier League Rangers loan transfers assessed as Amad Diallo signs from Man Utd

A lot of hype surrounded the arrival of Amad Diallo on loan at Rangers from Manchester United.

A word of warning for Gers fans though – that was also the case for some on the following list.

We’ve rounded up the players who have moved to Ibrox on loan from the English Premier League in the past five years and rated them.

There are hits and misses, with the misses being guys who had a decent pedigree and expectations of them.

The main difference is that Diallo was bought for £19million from Atalanta just a year ago.

Man U obviously have high hopes for the Ivorian and foresee him making it into their first team eventually.

On top of that, he has first-team experience at a very good level.

Thus, the 19-year-old could prove to be a deciding factor in the Premiership title race.

The same cannot be said for some of them.

Jermain Defoe



Jermain Defoe

It would be easy to forget that the veteran leader was first loaned out by Bournemouth, and for 18 months.

He proved to be a smart addition from Steven Gerrard and provided more than enough support for Alfredo Morelos, while pushing him.

Eight goals in that first half-season, followed by 17 in the following campaign, meant it was a no-brainer to snap Defoe on a free transfer when the loan ended.

Appearances and strikes have become fewer and fewer over time, but it is widely believed that Defoe has had a huge impact on the development of young players, especially Morelos.

Messages from his teammates, including Joe Aribo, when he left show how much they hold him in high esteem.

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Ryan Kent

Another brought in temporarily before being made permanent, and he was a man Gerrard knew well from his time at Liverpool.

This loan spell showed how good a player he was, but there was an inconsistency in his play and not as many goals as he would later add.

But he shone and showed enough to be named the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year.

Rangers shelled out £6.5million, with add-ons, and in some quarters that seemed high.

However, the 25-year-old showed he was worth every penny – last season, bagging 17 assists and 13 goals.

This season he has only two so far but an injury has shown how crucial he is to this Rangers side.

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Sheyi Ojo



Sheyi Ojo
Sheyi Ojo

Another occasion on which Gerrard turned to his former club, Ojo proved quite popular with fans when he came to the Gers for the 2019-20 season.

He hit the ground running and scored on his debut against St Josephs of Gibraltar in the Champions League.

Ojo ended his season at Ibrox with a total of five goals and seven assists to his name.

In the end, he was in and out of the team and his loan was not extended, even though the fans wanted that to happen.

He contributed enough, however, to make the loan worthwhile,

Another short-term move to Cardiff City followed, and now to Millwall for the season.

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Andy King

The less said about this one, the better – but we’ll do it anyway.

There was a lot of excitement about this capture, and that’s understandable given he was a recent English Premier League winner with the Champions League with Leicester City and a lot of experience. international with Wales.

It just didn’t work.

King only appeared in a Rangers shirt five times and couldn’t start when he got the chance.

Had his season-long loan cut short in the January window.

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Ovie Ejaria

Yeah you guessed it, another Liverpool player.

It was a path taken by the former Gers boss at one time and Ejaria was another with rave reviews and England loans already behind him before coming to Glasgow in June 2018.

However, Ejaria had much less impact than the others.

He managed to make 27 appearances in all competitions in the first part of the season but didn’t contribute as much as his teammates.

Had his loan cut short in December before joining Reading on loan instead.

Unlike Ojo, he is no longer a Liverpool player who joined the Royals on a permanent basis.

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