Rangers’ signing of John Lundstram could prove to be a masterclass, with the midfielder already regarded as one of the most valuable players in Steven Gerrard’s squad at Ibrox.
Gerrard and Ross Wilson were able to convince the Englishman that a move to Ibrox was the right thing for his career, despite Rangers likely offering less in terms of wages than any Premier League suitors could have offered.
The 27-year-old has had a mixed start to his Rangers career, scoring impressively in the 5-0 win against Dunfermline but receiving a red card in the 1-0 win against Alashkert in the Europa League playoff fixture.
However, if he can rediscover the sort of form he showed with Sheffield United in the 2019/20 season in the Premier League, when he contributed five goals and three assists in 34 appearances for the Blades, he will surely prove to be a hit at Ibrox in the near future.
Regardless of whether he does well on the pitch, signing the 27-year-old seems to have been a very smart piece of business by Wilson from a financial perspective.
According to Transfermarkt, Lundstram is currently valued at £6.3m, the fifth-highest of any player in Gerrard’s squad, with only Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos, James Tavernier and Connor Goldson valued higher.
The midfielder is contracted at Ibrox until 2024 so if there is any interest in signing him in the next few years, Rangers look set to make a significant profit on him.
Therefore, you can definitely argue that it was something of a masterclass by Wilson to bring Lundstram to Ibrox, and if his performances on the pitch can improve throughout the season, his market value is surely going to increase further.
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