Glasgow Rangers must return for long-term target John Lundstram in the winter transfer window, if recent reports are to be believed…
According to The Star, Sheffield United will allow Lundstram to leave Bramall Lane in January as they couldn’t reach an agreement in contract talks with the midfielder’s representatives.
It’s claimed that Burnley, Crystal Palace and Rangers were reportedly keeping tabs on his situation in the summer, but the club didn’t receive a concrete offer for the one-time England U20 international. And Rangers chief Ross Wilson must sanction an audacious swoop for Lundstram before it’s too late.
Granted, Steven Gerrard is almost spoilt for choice when it comes to midfield options, as Glen Kamara, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield have all impressed in recent weeks – and that’s without even mentioning Ryan Jack, who has recently returned from injury. The Gers also brought in Bongani Zungu from Ligue 2 side Amiens on loan with the option to buy.
However, whilst Davis seems to be defying the odds at the moment, there will soon come a point when Rangers will need to rejuvenate their midfield options by bringing in new faces. In fact, it’s almost inevitable, as the 35-year-old’s contract will run out in 2021.
Last season, Lundstram made 34 appearances in the Premier League, scored five goals and supplied three assists, whilst he averaged 1.3 shots, 1.4 tackles, and 1.3 clearances per game, via WhoScored, which shows that he is a useful asset with many different facets to his game.
By comparison, Davis has only managed fewer than one clearance per game in the Scottish Premiership this season so far, as per WhoScored.
Lundstram was once lauded as a “real menace” by club captain Billy Sharp, with Blades boss Chris Wilder heaping praise on his “outstanding” performance in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last season, via BBC Radio Sheffield, as quoted by Sheffield United News.
Although it’s within the realm of possibility that the Gers may decide to give Davis another extended contract, the £7.2m-rated ace could be an ideal replacement if the Northern Irishman fails to commit his future to the club.
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