Major loss on the horizon: Aston Villa plan to sign Rangers skipper James Tavernier
As per Football Insider, the Midlands are readying a summer bid for Rangers skipper James Tavernier.
The English Championship side, who are set to compete for the final Premier League spot in the play-offs, are said to be in the market for a new right-back as Ahmed Elmohamady and Alan Hutton are both in their 30s. Not only that, they just aren’t good enough to compete at the top level of English football.
A source close to the Villans has revealed to Football Insider that the club are closely monitoring Tavernier, who is widely considered one of the best in his respective right-back position in the SPL.
The 27-year-old has been fundamental to the Rangers squad ever since joining from Wigan Athletic in 2015 and manager Steven Gerrard has openly praised how good he is, and he must be worried now that the pulling power of the English game could be enough to convince Tavernier to leave in the coming window.
It doesn’t get much better than the Englishman’s record this year, notching a total of 16 goals and 20 assists from 55 matches in all competitions. There are strikers and midfielders with worse records than that, so it genuinely comes as no surprise as to why he is held in such high esteem and why losing him would be a major problem to contend with.
It really is beginning to look like bad news for Rangers, with Aston Villa apparently set to go all out for Tavernier in the summer as a matter of necessity to address their own problems at the back. Of course, they could quite easily buy another right-back, but how many have the same output as their current captain? Very few, we would wager.
Serious job on Gerrard’s hands.
Rangers fans, how big of a loss would Tavernier be? Can you think of anyone the club could replace him with? Let us know in the comments below!
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