Rangers are ready to spring a surprise move in the transfer market on deadline day if recent reports ring true…
According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Rangers have launched a late inquiry into signing Juninho Bacuna from Huddersfield Town on loan for the rest of the season.
The Gers’ assistant coach Gary McAllister has made it quite clear that Steven Gerrard’s side are after quality, not quantity, before the transfer window closes later today.
It is claimed that Rangers are looking for a loan with a view to buy Bacuna but this has been rejected by Huddersfield at the time of writing.
At 23 years of age, Bacuna clearly still has bags of potential, but for whatever reason he has hasn’t hit the same heights at Huddersfield that he enjoyed with FC Groningen’s youth teams.
The 4-cap Curacao international, who is the younger brother of former Aston Villa man Leandro Bacuna, is more than capable of playing on both sides as well as at right-back. He has also managed to score seven goals in 68 games for the Terriers despite spending a significant amount of time on the bench, via Transfermarkt.
Born and raised in Groningen, Bacuna has averaged 1.3 shots and 1.2 dribbles per game over the course of his career so far, as per WhoScored, which suggests that he could still be still a useful creative asset in a similar vein to former Rangers legend Ronald de Boer, who scored five goals in 18 appearances for the Teddy Bears.
And this is something Gerrard’s side have lacked for so long – a player who can dictate play and supply a stream of assists for Alfredo Morelos, Cedric Itten and Ianis Hagi, whilst chipping in with goals as well.
Moreover the Rangers boss must inject some much-need youth into the midfield, as both Scott Arfield and Steven Davis are over thirty years of age.
If Gerrard can get the best out of Bacuna, then the Gers could have a real attacking talent on their hands, as he previously scored 12 goals in 22 games for FC Groningen’s U21s.
Fans will have to wait and see whether or not Ross Wilson will be able to get a deal over the line by the end of deadline day.
AND in other news, Rangers can land the perfect Steven Davis alternative in Bongani Zungu…