Glasgow Rangers must take a gamble on long-term target Jack Wilshere if recent reports are to be believed…
According to The Scotsman, the former Arsenal star has been keeping himself busy by posting clips of his skills and fitness on social media, which suggests that he is itching for a move.
Reports in recent times revealed that Rangers had tried to sign Wilshere on loan when Walter Smith was still in charge in 2010 but the attacking midfielder ended up moving to Bolton Wanderers instead. And Ross Wilson must return for the free agent as soon as possible.
The Gers cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over their arch-rivals Celtic at Parkhead, whilst Gerrard enthused over his midfield, which seems to suggest that there wouldn’t be any room for Wilshere in the side as it stands.
However, squad rotation could be crucial, especially when you consider the fact that the Rangers boss will have to balance both domestic and European obligations.
Putting his injury problems aside, the former England international played some of his best football back in the 2013/14 season, having scored three goals and supplied four assists in the Premier League, whilst averaging 1.9 dribbles and 1.4 key passes per game, via WhoScored.
By comparison, even Glen Kamara is only managing 0.7 dribbles per game in the Scottish Premiership this season, whilst Scott Arfield is averaging fewer than one key pass per game in the Scottish top flight, as per WhoScored.
More recently, Wilshere made 13 appearances in the Europa League during his last season at the Emirates, and scored a goal and supplied two assists, whilst he averaged 1.2 shots, 1.8 key passes and 3.2 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
There’s clearly a lot of mutual respect between the two former teammates, as Gerrard himself said that that it’s ‘scary’ how good he could be back in 2013.
Granted, his career has somewhat fallen by the wayside, but just imagine the damage the £4m-rated ace could cause in the Europa League. Now though, the 28-year-old has insisted that he is fully fit and firing on all cylinders.
He just needs to get some game time under his belt. And Gerrard could be the manager to get the best out of his countryman, as he has already worked wonders with Jermain Defoe. Surely it’s worth the risk? There’s no harm in trying, at any rate, especially considering he won’t cost the club a penny.
AND in other news, Glasgow Rangers have every right to be worried about Leeds target Ryan Kent…