Declan John struggling at Swansea since Rangers exit

Matty Cash of Nottingham Forest vies for possession with Declan John of Swansea City  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Nottingham Forest at the Liberty...

John left Rangers after Steven Gerrard signed two new left-backs.

Cardiff, Wales October 11,

Declan John's exit from Rangers was particularly harsh. Before Steven Gerrard's appointment, the left-back had impressed at Rangers after being signed permanently halfway through his season-long loan by Graeme Murty.

The 23-year-old defender was offloaded by Rangers to Championship side Swansea City towards the end of the transfer window for a fee in the region of £800,000 (Inside Wales Sport).

He had impressed before Gerrard's tenure, but Gerrard opted to bring in Jon Flanagan from Liverpool who can operate on either side of the defence - before splashing big money on Croatia international Borna Barisic.

 

But it has gone from bad to worse for John since his move to his home country, as the Wales international simply cannot get a game in Graham Potter's side.

Despite remaining a fixture of Ryan Giggs's Wales squad and appearing for his country in Thursday night's 4-1 loss to Spain, John has managed one Championship appearance all season.

Declan John of Rangers is challenged by Patrick Roberts of Celtic during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Indeed, the former Cardiff City star has failed to make the bench for the last four Championship fixtures, featuring only once in a 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough.

Even central midfielder Matt Grimes has played over John on the left side of defence, and the fleet-footed defender will now be feeling pretty hard done by after going from one of the first names on the team sheet at Ibrox to this.

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...

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