Glasgow Rangers striker Jermain Defoe scored his 300th goal in his club career as Steven Gerrard’s side cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over Livingston in the Scottish Premiership last month.
However, the end is surely nigh for the former 57-cap England international, as his current contract will run out in 2021. Rangers chief Ross Wilson will be secretly relieved to see the back of him as he reportedly earns wages which are worth £65,000-per-week, which makes him the highest-paid player at the club, despite his age.
The writing has been on the wall for quite some time as Rangers signed back-up striker options in Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe on four-year-deals for an undisclosed fee in the summer. Whilst Alfredo Morelos is the main man, it’s money that could instead be used to convince the Colombian and Ryan Kent to sign new and improved deals.
The 38-year-old has struggled for game time so far this season as he has been limited to just 193 minutes played in all competitions. Defoe has made 56 appearances for the Gers, scoring 27 goals and supplying 10 assists in 56 games, which is an impressive return when you consider the fact that this goalscoring monster isn’t getting any younger.
He has bagged two goals and two assists in four games in all competitions so far this season, having missed the first six top flight fixtures with a recurring hamstring injury.
However, he has arguably entered the twilight of his career, as he was axed from the Europa League squad to make room for new summer recruit Bongani Zungu.
Gerrard believes Defoe was trying “too hard” to get on the scoresheet as Rangers ran riot over Hamilton Academical at Ibrox before the international break (via The Glasgow Times).
It’s not so long ago since John Hartson insisted Gerrard doesn’t know his best team after the arrivals of Defoe and Davis in 2019. Not that we want to admit it but it looks like he may have had a point. The Ibrox boss is hardly short of striker options as he already has four alternatives to choose from – and that’s without even mentioning Greg Stewart.
Removing Defoe from the equation would make his life a little easier as it would give Itten more guaranteed game time in order to continue to grow and develop as a player.
With less than 12 months left on his current deal, the Gers should start to think about cashing in on a player Gerrard once called “world class.”
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