Steven Gerrard has already made good use of the January transfer window by bringing Jermaine Defoe and Steven Davis to the club on short term loan deals, but recent reports are tipping Rangers to also sign a new full-back before the window slams shut.
Indeed, according to a report from the Scottish Sun, Matt Polster returned to Scotland on Tuesday to open talks over a contract with the SPFL title challengers after impressing on trial.
When football clubs move to sign players from abroad, especially those who made their name away from European football, supporters are often in the dark about exactly what kind of quality the reported target can bring to their club.
With that said, it’s no surprise that plenty of Rangers supporters are wondering exactly what to expect from Polster in the event that he moves to Glasgow, but MLS journalist Andrew Wiebe has delivered his verdict on a player who started his career as a central midfielder before moving to right-back during his time with Chicago Fire.
Wiebe had this to say about Polster while speaking on Sky Sports’ Transfer Podcast.
“They [Chicago Fire] moved him to right-back in 2017 and he really thrived there.
“He started to pick up the ball in advanced positions; he’s really good tucking inside; he’s good in combination in tight spaces because he has the technical ability from his central midfield days, he started picking up assists and he started to get hype for the US national team as maybe a guy who could solve our outside back problems.”
Wiebe went on to add: “He’s a guy who, when the fire were good and in the playoffs two years ago, was a really really big influence on them both attacking and defending.”
Whether Gerrard plans on deploying him at full-back or in central midfield remains to be seen, but the fact he was highly influential during Chicago Fire’s heyday suggests that his profile is a perfect fit for Rangers at this moment in time.
The Gers are striving to usurp Celtic and unsettle the balance in power in Scottish football, so it’s important that they target players, like Polster, with experience in competing for honours at the top of the table.
While some supporters may express doubts over Polster’s ability to make a successful transition to Ibrox, the fact he has already completed a trial under Gerrard’s watchful eye combined with Wiebe’s glowing review suggests he could be an invaluable and versatile addition to the squad this month.
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