A former Glasgow Rangers manager is now targeting a move for Calvin Bassey in the summer.
The Lowdown: Solid season
Bassey has been a mainstay in the team that has managed to reach both the UEFA Europa League and Scottish FA Cup final this season, which his ability to play at both left-back and as a central defender coming very useful to both Steven Gerrard and Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
He has managed a handy three assists in the Scottish Premiership, and ranks highly among his teammates in terms of aerial duels won and average tackles, clearances, blocks, passes, crosses and long balls per game (WhoScored).
Nonetheless, there will likely be no shortage of admirers for Bassey come the opening of the transfer window.
The Latest: Villa target
As per The Daily Telegraph, Gerrard is now targeting a move for Bassey for Aston Villa, as they seek a new left-back to give competition to Lucas Digne.
Should Rangers start Bassey?
Aaron Hickey is also thought to be under consideration, but Bassey is certainly of interest.
The Verdict: Keep
With the money that they have gained from their European journey, added to the fact that Bassey is under contract at Ibrox until 2024, there is no need for the Teddy Bears to sell him this summer.
Dubbed an ‘explosive’ player who is ‘as quick as anything’ by his former coach and Leicester City U23s manager Steve Beaglehole (The Athletic), he can get himself out of a lot of difficult situations with his pace, which is a valuable asset to have as a defender for the Light Blues.
Incidentally, the 22-year-old shares the same agent as Villa star Jacob Ramsey, and so they may be confident that they can push through a move, but the Gers must not be bullied by the Premier League club.
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