As per the club’s official website, Josh Windass has left Rangers after two years at the Scottish giants. The 24-year-old made the move to Ibrox back in 2016 after three years at Accrington Stanley, and the attacker certainly produced the goods during his time north of the border to thus earn a £2 million move to Championship side Wigan Athletic at the rear end of the English transfer window.
Thus, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has lost one of his most influential players, but with the Scottish window open until August 31, he has time to find a replacement, and he could do a lot worse than seek to make an ambitious move for £4.5 million-rated ace Jason Puncheon (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, while he wasn’t always a favourite of Rangers supporters, there is no doubting that the Light Blues will miss the contributions of 24-year-old Windass, who scored 19 goals and laid on 13 assists for the Gers in his two-year stint at Ibrox.
And while they are hardly ground-breaking figures, 18 goals and eight assists came last season to underline just how integral he was to the Scottish giants in their run to third place last time round – ultimately, he is somebody that needs replacing.
And with Roy Hodgson’s Palace having drafted in the very talented Max Meyer on a free transfer this summer, there’s a chance that Puncheon may not command regular football at Selhurst Park, and as such could be tempted by a move away.
The 32-year-old has been at the London club since making the move from Southampton back in 2014, in which time the winger has gone on to net 16 times and lay on 22 assists in 161 games for the Eagles.
Again, like Windass, they are not hugely impressive figures, but it’s also what Puncheon adds to the rest of the attacking unit that will be of keen interest to Gerrard, as the 32-year-old is excellent from the wide areas and retains the ball particularly well, allowing others to move off of him to create space.
The injury he suffered back at the start of the year, which subsequently kept him out for the rest of the season, is sure to be of concern to any prospective buyer, but given that Puncheon could probably still produce the goods at Premier League level, it would no doubt be an ambitious move to bring him to Ibrox. But one that is certainly worth making.
He’d without doubt be an asset for Gerrard in terms of brining vital quality and experience to the midfield ranks, as well as great versatility in being able to play centrally and indeed out wide, and as such he must seek to make a move for the Palace ace before the August 31 deadline.
Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!