Rangers are among the clubs keeping tabs on Chippenham Town striker Oluwasegun Lawal, according to All Nigeria Soccer.
According to the report, the 19-year-old is a 6-foot tall striker who can also operate as an attacking midfielder or a winger and is strong with both feet, illustrating tremendous versatility even in the embryonic stages of his career.
He made his first team debut for sixth-tier Chippenham as a substitute in their draw with Braintree Town last Saturday. Intriguingly, his younger brother Bosun joined Rangers’ arch-rivals Celtic from Watford earlier this year.
There’s already a healthy Nigerian contingent at Ibrox, made up of Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey, Joe Aribo and Nnamdi Ofoborh. Indeed, Lawal shares more than just a nationality with Aribo, who in his time at Ibrox has also demonstrated the versatility to play out wide and as an attacking midfielder.
The report from All Nigeria Soccer claimed that ‘a host of clubs’ are monitoring Lawal ahead of the January transfer window.
They name Rangers in addition to five Premier League clubs – Liverpool, Newcastle United, Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Watford.
Of the English quintet, it’s the latter three who are said to be showing the strongest interest at this moment in time.
For Lawal to catch the eye of a Europa League participant like Rangers despite largely playing for Chippenham’s academy up to this point indicates that he must be a pretty special talent.
If the Gers were to sign him, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him slot into the under-21 setup initially. As a teenager, he still has plenty of time to develop and prepare for the professional level, although he could get smatterings of senior game-time in competitions such as the Scottish League Cup further down the line.
This may come down who can present the most persuasive offer to Lawal, setting out the clearest pathway to the first team.
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