KENYA BROWN - Monday, January 9, 2017
US midfielder Emerson Hyndman will look to earn more playing time over the next six months as it was announced Monday that he has been sent out on loan to Glasgow Rangers from Bournemouth.
The 20-year-old, who signed for Bournemouth last summer after his contract expired at Fulham, found it hard to get minutes with the team this season after returning from an ankle injury. Most of his appearances occurred in the EFL Cup along with a start in the FA Cup over the weekend.
The move up to Scotland is a win-win for both the Texas native and the Light Blues as he will be able to continue his development, while the team gets a young midfielder who can fill the void for them as some of the players dealing with various injuries.
According to Hyndman, the move up north was the right choice as both Rangers and Bournemouth have similar styles.
"The philosophy here is the same as Bournemouth in the way that they like to press but when they have the ball they like to keep it in attack," he said in an interview on the Rangers website. "In that way it is very similar which will hopefully make my transition a lot easier."
And the midfielder sees the move to Rangers as a great chance to gain some valuable experience.
"I think it is a good opportunity for me to play in, not just a good environment, but in front of 50,000 fans at home which is absolutely unbelievable. That is why I chose to come here," said Hyndman.
As for Rangers head coach Mark Warburton, he sees Hyndman as a player with a lot of potential, who can help the team in the second half of the season.
"He's a very talented passer, a very talented playmaker and has a good attitude; slight in frame but a real robustness about what he does. He got an expensive move to Bournemouth and I know Eddie rates him very highly," he said. "He can be defensive, he can sit there and he can play in that role and supply and pass forward. But he can also play higher up; he can play the eight and create and score goals and get forward into the box."
"He has the attributes, a very talented young player, highly rated by the U.S national team as well, so touch wood he has a really bright future in the game and we're delighted to get him on board. He's one of their young assets so we have got to look after that asset and fingers crossed send him back a better player."
Hyndman will have his first chance to make an impression when Rangers head to Germany to face RB Leipzig on Sunday.