Michael Ball has said that Glasgow Rangers captain James Tavernier would have no problems succeeding in the Premier League if he were to make the move to England.
Speaking to The Daily Record, Ball believes the right-back would do well south of the border. He said:
“There are people in England who know football and what Tav is doing.
“But then you get the lazy ones who say: ‘Yeah but it’s only in Scotland.’
“And because Rangers went through a tough time, people probably don’t recognise it as much. It will always be thrown at him: ‘Can he do it down south?’
“There’s no question he could do it down here.
“If you look at Walker they’re very similar – he’s got that speed to get forward and the ability as well.”
An unanswered question
This season, Tavernier has been in stunning form for the Ibrox outfit. With 17 goals and 13 assists in all competitions, he leads the way in both departments amongst his teammates, despite being a defender. In fact, they are numbers that could compete with strikers across the continent – no wonder Steven Gerrard has called him “outrageous” this term.
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At Rangers, he is given that freedom to attack and contribute offensively – something he may not be afforded elsewhere. At the moment, he suits Gerrard perfectly – there is absolutely no need for him depart other than perhaps an increased pay-packet.
You get the feeling Tavernier himself is also happy with the 54-time Scottish champions, so whether he would succeed in England may remain an unanswered question.
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