Leon Balogun signing for Glasgow Rangers so early in the transfer window is hopefully a sign that there are more arrivals to come, and Alan Hutton has been discussing the transfer.
Speaking to Football Insider about Balogun joining the club, the former ‘Gers defender said: “I was kind of stunned when I saw it, I looked on my phone and then bang, signing, it kind of came out of nowhere.”
“We spoke about them wanting the fourth centre-half, I think it was a priority to bring someone in. He’s 32 now, he’s experienced and I know he’s not played so much in the last few years but he’s an international player who’s played abroad – he knows the game.
“I think he will be more of a backup option but a good option to have.”
Balogun is certainly experienced as the 32-year-old has made 31 appearances for Nigeria, per Transfermarkt, and played 11 times in the Championship this season on loan at Wigan, making 1.3 tackles, 3.9 clearances and 1.2 interceptions a game, per WhoScored.
He also has Premier League experience as he was formerly at Brighton, and so Steven Gerrard is certainly improving his squad depth in that department.
It’s hard to disagree with Hutton as well with how quickly the signing came about and this is a good statement of intent from the club which emphasises that they want their business done quickly to ensure that they have the strongest squad possible when the Premiership starts this weekend.
Balogun might not be a player who goes straight into the starting XI but Gerrard will now feel a lot more comfortable if one of his main centre-backs is not available; and the signing is even better because it was on a free transfer so the club can spend their funds on some much-needed firepower as last season’s top scorer Alfredo Morelos continues to be linked with a move away from the club.
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