An update has emerged on Blackburn midfielder Joe Rothwell, regarding Rangers’ interest in his services.
According to Football League World, the Gers are closing in on a deal to sign the Englishman on a pre-contract deal in January.
The report claims Newcastle, Southampton and Norwich are among the other teams interested in signing the Rovers gem, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard could seal a dream midfield partnership by bringing Rothwell to the club in January or next summer. He could work well alongside Glen Kamara in the middle of the park, as the Blackburn man could add the work rate and creativity to add to the Finland international’s composure and ability to control games.
Kamara has averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.76 in the Premiership this term, completing 90.3% of his passes overall. Whilst winning 2.1 tackles and interceptions per game, he has averaged 60.8 passes per match – highlighting his ability to spread the ball about the pitch and dictate the play for the Gers.
Rothwell, meanwhile, focuses more on quality rather than quantity in possession. He has averaged 29.3 passes per game, at a success rate of 79.3%, but has merged that with an impressive 3.6 key passes and dribbles, compared to Kamara’s 1.9, combined per match.
Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray once lauded the midfielder’s talents as he urged him to get closer to goal. He said:
“He’s an exciting talent, he’s exceedingly fast, he keeps the ball really tight. We want him running towards the opposition goal rather than across the pitch.”
Rothwell has one goal and four assists in 12 Championship matches this term for Blackburn, whereas Kamara has one goal and two assists since the start of last season. This shows how the Englishman could provide the attacking quality the current Rangers gem lacks, which could make them the dream pairing to lead the midfield going forward as they counter each other’s weaknesses.
Signing him on a pre-contract deal also means that the Gers will not have to spend a single penny on a transfer fee for Rothwell. Therefore, it is a financially pleasing deal for Ross Wilson as he could improve Gerrard’s squad without splashing out a lavish fee.