As per the club’s official website, Rangers winger Jamie Murphy has been ruled out of the rest of the season due to injury. The 28-year-old initially joined the Gers on loan back in January but performed so impressively that he turned his temporary move into a permanent one during the summer, only for an injury sustained at the weekend in their Scottish League Cup win over Kilmarnock to bring his season to a premature end.
And this is sure to come as a big blow to manager Steven Gerrard, who now must seek to replace the Scotland international ahead of the rest of the season, with £6.3 million-rated Premier League flop Georges-Kevin N’Koudou (as per Transfermarkt) the perfect replacement for the Rangers ace.
Ultimately, 28-year-old Murphy has been a hugely influential part of the Gers side since his move from Brighton back in January, what with the winger netting five goals and laying on ten assists last term to help the Scottish giants finish third in the Scottish Premiership.
And the two-times Scotland international started this season reasonably well as well in scoring once and laying on three assists for Gerrard’s side, thus underlining just how important he was likely to be for the club this time round prior to injury at the weekend.
As such, it’s clear that Gerrard will need to replace Murphy in the last knockings of the summer window, and Tottenham’s N’Koudou could prove be the ideal man to come in and fill the void.
The 23-year-old has struggled for regular football in North London ever since making the move to Spurs back in the summer of 2016, earning just 23 senior appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in that time, of which only three have been starts.
In fact, the winger was so low down in the pecking order last term that he was shipped out on loan to fellow Premier League side Burnley in the second half of the season, yet his struggles there suggest that maybe he isn’t quite ready for regular football in English football’s top-flight.
Yet a move to the Scottish Premiership and Rangers could be ideal for the Frenchman in seeking to get back to his best form, the sort of form that earned him a move to Tottenham little over two years ago.
N’Koudou shone in his homeland for Ligue 1 giants Marseille in the 2015/16 season in netting ten goals and laying on five assists for the French outfit – thus, he’s clearly got ability in the final third of the pitch.
And he could re-discover that form were he to make the move to Rangers this month, and with the Gers themselves having suffered a blow following the injury to Murphy, the 23-year-old could well be the perfect man to replace the Scottish winger in Gerrard’s team.
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