Declan John struggling to prove Steven Gerrard wrong at Swansea City
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Declan John struggling to prove Steven Gerrard wrong at Swansea City

Steven Gerrard’s arrival at Ibrox saw plenty of change among the playing staff at the club. Plenty of players left with little or no fanfare. However, one of the more surprising exits was that of Declan John.

The Welshman had only joined Rangers permanently in December last year, so to see him leave after just six months was a shock.

John had actually impressed in Glasgow and earned a place back in the Welsh set-up whilst at Ibrox. Gerrard signed Borna Barisic and Jon Flanagan in the summer, ultimately deciding John was not in his Ibrox plans.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – APRIL 22: Steven Naismith of Heart of Midlothian vies with Declan John of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

John returned to his native Wales, joining Swansea City on a three-year deal, in a deal reportedly worth £800,000.

So has he proved Gerrard wrong in South Wales?

Unfortunately not. John has struggled to make an impact at the Liberty Stadium. Matthew Grimes and Martin Olsson have been preferred in the left wing-back spot this season for Graham Potter’s side.

John has started just two games for Swansea in the Championship and has been left out of the matchday squad on numerous occasions.

Whilst Rangers’ current left-back options have hardly been sensational, it does not appear that John would have fared any better.

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