Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has made signing a right winger a priority in the January transfer window, according to Football Insider.
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Sources from Ibrox have told Football Insider that the club’s recruitment staff have compiled a list of transfer targets for that position, one which the 39-year-old is keen to strengthen this month, with potential loan and permanent signings included.
Gerrard told Sky Sports this week that Rangers might make one signing during January, depending on how many players leave the club this month.
Gerrard has tried several players on the right flank this season but has yet to truly settle on any one man for the role.
Sheyi Ojo has made 11 starts in that position so far in the current campaign, with three goals and five assists from the right wing, but has not scored since September. Also, aside from a late pair of assists against Hearts last month, he has not contributed to any goals since the end of October. [via TransferMarkt]
Brandon Barker, who signed from Manchester City last August, has struggled to get into the team, making just five appearances this season and not starting a game since the first week of November. [via TransferMarkt]
Scott Arfield has been tried on the right in nine matches so far in 2019/20 but provided just two assists in those games and, having been shunted around the team throughout the season, he would not appear to be a regular solution to the right winger conundrum.
Gerrard has used Joe Aribo on the right wing in recent games and the move has worked out well so far, with the 23-year-old scoring once and supplying three assists from that role in December, with the ‘Gers winning four league matches in a row since his deployment on the right-hand side of attack. [via TransferMarkt]
On the face of it, preserving with Aribo on the right wing would seem the sensible choice given how effective he has been since switching to that role.
However, he has played more frequently as a central midfielder and, if Rangers were short on options in that sector, Gerrard may be left with no choice but to redeploy the 23-year-old back to that part of the pitch.
Therefore, the manager’s reported desire to add a right winger this month, depending on the volume of outgoings, is understandable, especially if Aribo were to suffer injury or a loss of form – a strong run of pre-Christmas form may not be a cast-iron guarantee of long-term effectiveness in that role.
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