Rangers have been heavily linked with a move for striker Jerry Yates in recent weeks and if he were to make the move to Ibrox this summer, he would arguably be an upgrade on Cedric Itten in Steven Gerrard’s side.
According to The 72, Rangers have joined the race to sign the 24-year-old Blackpool striker this summer, with Championship sides including Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Bristol City having also been touted with an interest.
The former Rotherham United man, who only joined Blackpool last summer, has enjoyed a superb season thus far and has been a key factor in the Tangerines’ impressive campaign, which sees them challenging for promotion in League One.
In 41 league appearances, the English striker has contributed 18 goals and four assists, which has helped him average an impressive 6.86 rating for his performances.
He also managed two goals in three FA Cup appearances, including one in their shock win against Premier League West Brom earlier in the season, meaning he has 24 goals and assists in total so far this campaign.
For Swindon and Carlisle United fans, Yates’ impressive season with Blackpool might not be much of a surprise, as he scored plenty of goals on loan with both sides in League Two in recent seasons.
His former manager at Swindon, Richie Wellens, was full of praise for him on the EFL highlights show Quest earlier in the season, as he said:
“He’s good at everything. He’s got decent pace, he can hold the ball up. He’s a fantastic professional that wants to get everything out of his career.”
If Ross Wilson can bring Yates to Ibrox this summer, he could prove to be an upgrade on Itten, a player who has struggled to impress since joining from FC St Gallen last summer.
Although the 24-year-old’s opportunities in Gerrard’s side have been limited, with the majority of his appearances coming from the bench, he has just six goals in all competitions this season and has just one goal in his last 10 appearances – a late penalty in the 5-2 win against Royal Antwerp.
When he was given a rare opportunity to impress against St Johnstone last week, he earned himself a 6.32/10 rating from WhoScored and quite frankly, he never looked like scoring at McDiarmid Park.
Therefore, you could definitely argue that, based on their form this season, Yates would be a better player for Gerrard to have in his squad than Itten, and therefore Wilson should try and bring him to Ibrox this summer.