It’s been a while since Glasgow Rangers had a player considered to be one of the hottest prospects on the continent on their books.
Billy Gilmour may have been the latest example of a wonderkid to have plied his trade at Ibrox, before Rangers sold him to Premier League giants Chelsea back in 2017.
Whilst Kai Kennedy could be in with a chance of being selected in the same category, he has fallen out of favour with Steven Gerrard, and was shipped out on loan to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the summer.
However, if Ross Wilson had played things slightly differently, Gerrard could have had arguably one of the best young British attacking talents at his disposal right now.
That’s right folks, Rangers could have signed Tyrese Campbell from Stoke City for a mere £400,000 in the summer but the versatile forward decided to stay at the bet365 Stadium in the end instead.
His market value is currently estimated at £4m via Transfermarkt, so it’s fair to say that he wouldn’t have cost the Gers a great deal of money, especially when you consider the fact Wilson signed former St Gallen striker Cedric Itten in a £2.7m deal, via Sky Sports.
As we’ve mentioned before in this column, we do think that the Ibrox boss could be on to a winner with the Switzerland international, as giving him a chance on the right wing may bring the best out of him. But we’d be the first to admit that Itten has so far struggled for consistency this season, with a tally of just two goals to his name from his last thirteen games in all competitions.
In stark contrast, Campbell can’t seem to stop scoring at the moment. In 12 games in the Championship, he has bagged six times and six assists, whilst he is averaging 1.8 shots, 1 key pass and 1.4 dribbles per game, via WhoScored, which is currently levels above what Itten has been able to offer so far.
His manager Michael O’Neill singled the 20-year-old out for praise after the away win at Reading, saying: “Tye has got fantastic natural attributes in terms of his speed, his physicality and he’s a great finisher.”
When you consider the fact that Campbell is actually several years younger than the misfiring Swiss striker, you do have to question why the Gers didn’t try harder to sign the former England under-20 international.
Capable of playing on the wings and comfortable leading the line, it’s fair to say that the price they could have paid for him looks like it would’ve been an absolute steal several months later, as he would have been a shrewd investment for the future.
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