Emerson Hyndman‘s search for minutes in the Premier League will continue in Scotland for another year.
After a successful half-season loan at Rangers that saw him bag four goals in 13 appearances, Hyndman now heads out on loan to fellow Scottish Premiership club Hibernian.
The 22-year-old U.S. international has struggled to find playing time at a pair of English clubs, first at Fulham and now at Bournemouth. He left Fulham after turning down a contract extension, hoping to make it big in the Premier League with the Whites down in the Championship, but injury and poor form have left him on the outside of the Cherries squad looking in.
With yet another season unlikely to find minutes, Hyndman is on his way back to Scotland where he will play for former Bolton manager Neil Lennon.
Hyndman is hoping that his loan spell might not only earn him future minutes at Bournemouth, but also with the U.S. national team. A former top-tier prospect within the USMNT youth teams, Hyndman received two caps but faded into the background as his club minutes dwindled. Now, with a renewed focus on the younger tier of players, he could revive his international career if he can extend his good form at Rangers to a full club season.
Hyndman is most certainly still in the USMNT conversation, but he has plenty of competition in the midfield that may be passing him by. Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie have emerged as rising stars, while Wil Trapp continues to prove himself an effective leader. Keaton Parks plays at a high-level European club and has raised eyebrows, and Marky Delgado has had a few standout moments recently.
The U.S. midfielder fills a need at Hibs with John McGinn leaving for Aston Villa, meaning he should see significant playing time at least to start the season.