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