According to a recent report from The Scottish Sun, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard could be forced into making a move for a striker in the last knockings of the transfer window. The Gers chief was speaking after seeing his side only muster a 0-0 draw with FK Shkupi on Tuesday night, the second successive game in which neither Alfredo Morelos nor Josh Windass have found the back of the net.
And Gerrard has warned his front men to start scoring or he’ll delve into the market, and were he to indeed do the latter, £7.2 million-rated Everton ace Oumar Niasse (as per Transfermarkt) is the man he must target to solve Rangers’ striking woes.
Ultimately, while the Light Blues deserve credit for reaching the second qualifying round of the Europa League after beating the Macedonian side 2-0 on aggregate, it was a far from convincing two legs from Rangers, not least those in the final third of the pitch.
The goals in the first leg came from winger Jamie Murphy and right back James Tavernier to suggest that Gerrard could have some problems in the striking department, what with messrs Morelos and Windass, the only men to reach double figures last season, failing to net in 180 minutes of action.
As such, the Gers boss has admitted he may be forced to land a new striker, and he should look no further than Everton’s Niasse, who has certainly proven his worth to the Toffees in recent times.
The 28-year-old was initially a surplus to requirements under former Toffees chief Ronald Koeman before being dragged back in from the cold by the Dutchman at the start of last season, from which the Senegal international went on to score nine goals in all competitions.
In fact, only Wayne Rooney (11) netted on more occasions than Niasse last term to underline his importance to the Everton side, but following the addition of Cenk Tosun back in January, it’s difficult to see how the 28-year-old commands regular football under new boss Marco Silva.
And with Rangers potentially on the lookout for a forward, Niasse could well be their man, as his efforts for Everton last term were similar to the impact he had on loan at Hull City the season before, in which the Senegalese ace netted five times in 19 games, although he wasn’t able to inspire the Tigers to safety.
Thus, Niasse has clearly proven his credentials at Premier League level, and with the English top-flight arguably more competitive and tougher than the Scottish equivalent, there’s no reason why the 28-year-old couldn’t flourish north of the border.
And with Gerrard possibly seeking a new forward before the summer deadline, he should look no further than Everton’s Niasse in a bid to solve his striking woes.
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