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Rangers: Assombalonga could be a great addition to Gerrard’s side

Rangers are reportedly taking an interest in striker Britt Assombalonga ahead of the summer and the 28-year-old could prove to be an excellent addition to Steven Gerrard’s side should he make the move to Ibrox.

What’s the word?

According to GiveMeSport, Rangers have turned their attention towards signing the Middlesbrough striker and could land him on a free transfer this summer as his contract with the Teesside club is set to expire.

The DR Congo international is seemingly unsettled at Middlesbrough, having been close to a switch to Bristol City in January, whilst manager Neil Warnock has admitted that if he wants to extend his stay with the Championship side, then he must take a significant pay cut.

Would he be a good signing?

Assombalonga enjoyed impressive loan spells in the lower leagues of English football with Braintree Town and Southend United before Peterborough United signed him from Watford in 2013.

It was with The Posh where the powerful striker really exploded, as he contributed 33 goals and five assists in just 58 appearances in the 2013/14 season before making a move to Nottingham Forest.

Who would you rather sign?

Assombalonga

Assombalonga

Sakala

Sakala

Another two excellent seasons with Forest followed before Middlesbrough broke their transfer record and paid £15 million to sign him in 2017.

His time with Boro hasn’t seen him hit the heights of previous seasons, although he had consistently reached double figures in the Championship before this campaign, where he has just five goals in 29 league appearances.

Therefore, it seems clear that the 28-year-old knows where the back of the net is and when he is on form, he can be a very dangerous striker, so he could be an excellent addition to Gerrard’s squad.

Arguably, he would be a better option for sporting director Ross Wilson than Fashion Sakala, with the 23-year-old having also been linked with a free transfer switch to Rangers in recent times.

The KV Oostende forward hasn’t been a frequent goalscorer in his career and has only really excelled this season, whereas Assombalonga has been a reliable goalscorer throughout his career, and is arguably playing in a more competitive league.

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Therefore, considering his goalscoring potential, Wilson should look to bring in the £2.7 million-rated Assombalonga this summer, as he wouldn’t cost a penny, and he could be a great option for Gerrard to have in his squad if the Rangers boss can help the striker rediscover his best form.

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