Former Rangers player Alan Hutton has recently hailed the club for the expected capture of Bournemouth’s Nnamdi Ofoborh.
Hutton was talking to Football Insider, coming after Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall confirmed Steven Gerrard’s approach for the Nigerian player and for Jack Simpson too. Tindall also said that the deal hasn’t been finalised yet but the talks have been held.
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Hutton was recently talking about the club’s chase of Ofoborh and he compared the potential signing to that of Calvin Bassey. He also feels that the Gers were tracking the Nigerian for quite a while and he fits the mould of the player that Gerrard is looking for.
The former Gers man said: “It is unbelievable when they’re coming out with these gems right, left and centre. It is very much like the Calvin Bassey one for me, they have obviously been tracking him for a while.
“I had to look him up, he obviously had a good time at Wycombe last season in their promotion campaign and just reading some things about him from past players that have played along with them, he is definitely one for the future.
“I mean he fits the mould of Rangers at the moment, they’re definitely building something and it’s not just for this season or the next, it’s for the next four, five, six which I really like. So he fits that mould just like a lot of other players that they are trying to bring in and he looks a good player. When you look at his clips, he is strong, he is physical, he can go past people, he’s got a good range of passing, so he ticks all the boxes.”
The 21-year-old Ofoborh is a central midfielder by trade but the former Wycombe man can also play as a defensive midfielder or as a centre-back. He has made five appearances in all competitions for the Cherries this season, playing two Championship games. For Wycombe in League One, he played 18 times in the league campaign, scoring once in their play-off games (as per Transfermarkt).
Bournemouth Under-23s boss Shaun Cooper recently praised Ofoborh, saying: “He was probably a bit more ready for it in that respect, but I still thought he did really well playing on the right of a back three. His passing in the first half was good and as a character he is solid and reliable.”
He has also been compared to Glen Kamara in recent days.
Ofoborh could be a useful signing for Gerrard
Kamara is Rangers’ only out-and-out defensive midfield option, while Ryan Jack can also play there. Ofoborh would add depth in that part of the pitch, and since he is only 21, one could expect him to develop rapidly under Gerrard and perhaps claim Kamara’s spot as his own.
Steven Davis isn’t getting any younger and Scott Arfield is also 32, so Ofoborh adds young blood to the team and may well prove an excellent signing for the future.
In other news, Rangers have received a boost in signing a Premier League player – read more here.
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