Darren Bent has claimed that Rangers would suffer a ‘massive blow’ if they were to lose James Tavernier.
Tavernier has been with the side since joining from Wigan Athletic back in June of 2015 when the club was still in the Scottish Championship.
However, despite claiming that losing him would be a bitter blow, the former Tottenham Hotspur centre-forward still urged that the Gers captain test himself in the Premier League. His comments come after Football Insider revealed that the £5.4m-rated, as per Transfermarkt, fullback wants to leave the club and seal a move south of the border.
He said: “Yeah, it’s a massive blow. I read the other day he’s not won anything at Rangers which is surprising considering how long he’s been there and the quality he’s got. He’s been there, he’s been a great servant for them but I always feel you need to test yourself in the Premier League, you need to experience to see if you can actually go and do it.” (Source: Football Insider)
The former England international is right in his claims over the defender. His quality to the side’s game really is clearly important especially when you look at his contribution in the final third. The former Newcastle United man has scored three goals and assisted a staggering 15 across all competitions. To put those numbers into perspective, that’s one more assist than Trent Alexander-Arnold has got this season.
Then there comes the question of his vast levels of experience with the 28-year-old having played across the top three divisions of English football and the top two of Scottish.
It would definitely be a bitter blow if Steven Gerrard was to lose such an influential member of his first-team squad. His quality and experience would be crucial for Gers if they have any realistic hopes of remaining competitive.
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