Glasgow Rangers could make former Chelsea prospect Alex Kpakpe Michael Beale’s first signing after he left the Premier League club last month.
The Lowdown: A different path
Having been at Chelsea for several years, 18-year-old defender Kpakpe, who can play anywhere across a back four or even in defensive midfield, would have had visions of plying his trade for the Blues first-team.
But with football’s rapidly moving narrative regularly forcing young players out the door of big clubs, that is not the path that was meant for the now ex-Cobham youth.
His departure became inevitable on the basis of persistent injury and illness issues. But, as that chapter of his career comes to an unfortunate end, Beale and Ross Wilson could grant the starlet a complete change of scenery.
The Latest: Gers trial
According to a report from The Athletic, the Rangers boss has already afforded Kpakpe the opportunity to impress.
The 18-year-old was spotted in action for the Gers in a closed-doors game, with a view to signing for the development side.
As noted in the report, Rangers realise the importance of illustrating a clear path of progression, with the club hoping to convince youngsters by demonstrating a realistic route to the Gers first-team.
The Verdict: Beale masterclass?
For Kpapke to have lasted as long as he has in Chelsea’s reserves, he is clearly a talented asset, even earning a professional contract last year.
At 18 years of age, that talent can still be harnessed by the right club if he can find some confidence and fitness, with Beale clearly sharing this sentiment, having given the starlet a chance to impress.
At current, this is merely interest in the youngster from a Rangers perspective, and whilst there is a history of health setbacks, it could certainly be worth taking a chance on a player who at the very least will improve the standard in the development side.
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