Rangers made a number of moves throughout the January transfer window as Ross Wilson provided Gio van Bronckhorst with new options to work with at Ibrox.
One area in which the Gers were in desperate need of reinforcements was the right-wing position as Scott Wright struggled in the first half of the campaign – leaving Ianis Hagi to carry the load out wide.
The Romania international then suffered a season-ending injury to place further emphasis on the need for a new signing, as it left van Bronckhorst with a meagre selection of options out wide.
Wilson reportedly pursued a “groundbreaking” deal to sign Andreas Skov Olsen from Bologna before eventually signing Amad Diallo on loan from Manchester United, with the former landing at Club Brugge on a permanent £6.3m deal.
Their respective fortunes have been night and day in comparison to each other. Olsen has been in electric form in Belgium whilst Amad has endured a nightmare of a time in Scotland.
He has averaged a dismal SofaScore rating of 6.42 domestically for the Gers and this shows that his performances have left a lot to be desired, which may be why van Bronckhorst has been reluctant to play him from the start.
Olsen, meanwhile, has three goals and four assists in five league matches for Brugge since his January switch, starting four of them. This means that the £5.8m-rated gem has produced more than one goal contribution per game, with seven in five outings, and he has averaged an exceptional SofaScore rating of 7.64.
He has created 2.4 chances per game and three ‘big chances’ whilst also making 1.8 tackles and interceptions per game on the wing – as per SofaScore. This shows that he has been effective at both sides of the game with his ability to deliver quality in the final third and then work hard off the ball to win possession back for his team.
The stark contrast between Amad and Olsen’s respective forms shows that Wilson committed a huge blunder in January by missing out on a deal for the latter. Instead of having a player who is capable of producing magical moments on a consistent basis, van Bronckhorst has been handed an underperforming player who has been a liability on the pitch.
One that got away…