Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara has been heavily linked with a move away from Ibrox ahead of the summer transfer window, but Steven Gerrard may already have his replacement in Nnamdi Ofoborh.
The 21-year-old midfielder, who has been heavily praised by Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in the past, was signed on a pre-contract deal from AFC Bournemouth and will make the move to Ibrox this summer, to add to Gerrard’s options in the middle of the park ahead of next season.
Although things didn’t go to plan for the youngster in the second half of this season, as he struggled for game time on loan at Wycombe Wanderers, the fact that he was handed a four-year deal with Rangers suggests that they believe he has a lot of potential and therefore, he may well have a big part to play with the Gers next season.
Upon his signing, Ross Wilson had this to say about the Nigerian midfielder:
“We look forward to welcoming Nnamdi to our group in the summer. We are extremely impressed by his qualities and he is a player that has real progression in him.
“He has a positive and determined personality and is very much looking forward to becoming a Rangers player at the end of this season.
“In the meantime, we are really pleased that Nnamdi will play week in week out until the end of the season in the Championship at Wycombe, a club he excelled at previously under Gareth Ainsworth.”
Unfortunately, that has not come to fruition, as he made just three starts for the Chairboys in the second half of the season, failing to make a single appearance after a 1-0 win against Preston North End in March.
However, he was a regular for Ainsworth’s side last season as they won promotion from League One, making 21 league appearances and scoring one goal, with Bournemouth U’21 manager Shaun Cooper rating it as a “fantastic” loan spell.
He will certainly be given an opportunity to impress in Gerrard’s side next season, and he could even prove to be the man to replace Kamara should he depart Ibrox.
The Finland international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League and whilst the Gers can offer him Champions League football ahead of next season, he may find it hard to turn down the wages on offer in England’s top-flight.
Like Kamara, Ofoborh can play as both a defensive and central-midfielder, whilst he has also filled in as a centre-back on two occasions in his senior career.
WhoScored suggests that Ofoborh’s main strengths include his ability to win aerial duels, his dribbling and his tackling, which immediately marks him out as someone who could step up should Kamara leave this summer.
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