Former Glasgow Rangers defender Alan Hutton has backed his old club in their reported move to bring Josh Onomah to Ibrox in the January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Onomah move plotted
As per Football Insider, new Gers manager Michael Beale is ‘plotting’ a move for Onomah in January, and is a ‘long-term admirer’ of the Fulham central midfielder.
A number of Championship clubs are also thought to be ‘weighing up’ a move for him, as his contract at Craven Cottage expires in the summer.
With just 14 minutes of Premier League football played so far this season, Marco Silva’s side could look to offload him in January for a suitable transfer fee.
The Latest: Hutton backs move
Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton has backed the Light Blues in their pursuit of Onomah, singing his praises after playing with him at Aston Villa:
“I know him, I played with him at Aston Villa so I know what kind of player he is, what kind of character he is.
“He is very good. I think he has been unfortunate that he has gone to a team and not played. He is that type of guy that you need to play week in week out so that you can see the best of his ability.
“There is no doubting his talent, I have seen it with my own eyes. He is more than capable of coming to a place like Rangers and handling it. I think he would be a good addition to the team.
“Getting a player of that quality, although he has not been playing regularly in the Premier League this season, I know he would be able to handle the task.“
The Verdict: Get it done
Onomah is clearly a player with ability, but has perhaps not been able to show it often enough.
At Villa, he scored four goals and made a further three assists in 37 games in total over all competitions (Transfermarkt), helping them to the Championship play-off final, where they narrowly lost 1-0 to Fulham.
He is still only 25 years of age, not reaching his prime yet, and with Beale seemingly keen on a move, he could really mould Onomah into a key player for the Teddy Bears for the second part of the season.