Rangers have opened negotiations with a teenage striker who has also been attracting interest from leading clubs in France and Germany.
Football Insider reported that the Ibrox club have held preliminary talks with 19-year-old West Brom prospect Rayhaan Tulloch, who is out of contract in the summer and has also been targeted by Ligue 1 high fliers Marseille and Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig (as per Football Insider).
According to Football Insider, Rangers made contact with the player’s representatives this week about a potential move to Glasgow, with the English Championship club keen not to lose the youngster.
Tulloch made his first senior appearance of the season for West Brom as a late substitute in the FA Cup win over Charlton earlier this month, getting the first team call-up off the back of scoring five goals in 11 matches in Premier League 2 for the Baggies’ under-23 side, for whom his overall record is 10 goals in 44 games.
The teenager is a highly versatile attacker who can readily adapt to either wing, in addition to playing as a second striker or centre-forward. Indeed, rather than having one favoured position, his career statistics show a fairly even spread across those roles, which should make him a very adaptable squad option for any manager.
Were he to sign for Rangers, the 19-year-old would likely have little chance of leading the line in attack, given that Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe have scored 44 goals between them already this season. A second striker role is also improbable, given Steven Gerrard’s preference for a 4-3-3 formation in most games.
That would leave Tulloch most likely to play out wide if he comes to Ibrox. Ryan Kent has been the preferred option on the left flank, with five goals and three assists in 19 games, while Joe Aribo (six goals, seven assists) has assumed the right winger role in recent games as neither Sheyi Ojo (no goals since September) nor Brandon Barker (one goal in 11 games) have truly convinced in that berth.
Tulloch’s versatility could give him a decent chance of at least making the bench regularly if he were to join Rangers, with the wide positions perhaps giving him his best chance of featuring.
However, the club recently loaned out one winger in Jamie Murphy and the West Brom youngster has only played three senior games so far in his career. Also, Gerrard has been slow to trust in youth at Ibrox, playing just three teenagers in the first team this season for a grand total of 122 minutes, so Tulloch could well be kept waiting for his breakthrough at the ‘Gers if he comes to Glasgow.
Rangers fans, do you think Tulloch would be a good addition given his versatility or is he simply too inexperienced to make the grade at Ibrox in the foreseeable future? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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