A recent report has suggested that Rangers are battling with Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur to sign Caleb Chukwuemeka this summer, and the teenage forward could be an excellent long-term addition to Steven Gerrard’s squad at Ibrox.
According to The Daily Record, Rangers are one of several sides to show a keen interest in the Northampton Town forward this summer, although he is currently being driven by a potential move to the Premier League.
He could well join his brother, Carney, at Aston Villa, whilst Spurs recent decision to send Kion Etete on loan to the Cobblers may well have sweetened the deal in their favour, which suggests that Rangers are currently playing catch up in the race to sign him.
Although Chukwuemeka has made just 28 senior appearances in his career thus far, scoring two goals, he certainly seems to be highly regarded by a lot of teams higher up in the footballing pyramid.
Whilst the 19-year-old probably wouldn’t be challenging for a place in Gerrard’s first-team straight away, considering the plethora of options the 41-year-old manager has available to him in attack, he could be an excellent option for the future if he can realise his obvious potential at Ibrox.
Former Northampton boss Keith Curle was full of praise for the teenage forward last season, saying:
“He showed good understanding and good composure. I don’t think he struck the ball as cleanly as he wanted to but that’s Caleb because he has a little bit of magic.
“Every outfield player has a job when we’re out of possession and it comes more naturally to some players than others. Caleb is a forward-thinking player and it’s not as natural. Give him a ball to chase when he might get a goal out of it, the lad finds a yard. We need to find that yard when he’s going the other way and he’s got to track a runner.
“It’s all part and parcel of the game and when he understands that and it becomes second nature, he’ll be a very good player.”
Chukwuemeka’s contract at Northampton is set to expire at the end of this season, so he could be a very cheap, low-risk transfer for Ross Wilson to complete this summer, so he should definitely try and bring him to Ibrox.
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