Rangers eyeing perfect Lafferty replacement

Rangers are reportedly eyeing a deal for 22 year-old striker Adam Buksa, who averages a goal every two league matches this season.

What’s the story?

According to Football Insider, the Gers are “keeping close tabs” on Buksa, and they sent scouts to watch him in action for Polish side Pogon Szczecin last weekend.

The 22 year-old has been capped at multiple youth levels for Poland, but he is yet to earn his first senior cap.

The report claims the Gers are planning “an overhaul of their attack”, but is Buksa a good starting point?

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Not a Morelos replacement

Buksa’s goalscoring numbers are good for his age, having found the net 13 times in 31 total appearances for his current club, and he is currently enjoying his best ever campaign with nine goals and four assists in 18 league games.

The 22 year-old is clearly improving and still has plenty of room to grow, however it is when you delve deeper into his numbers that concerns arise.

Including all clubs he has played for, Buksa has scored just 20 goals in 97 games across his career, so he is not the man to replace Alfredo Morelos’ goals if the Colombian does eventually depart. That strike rate simply isn’t good enough to lead the line week in week out.

He could replace Kyle Lafferty though, who has shown absolutely none of the form that endeared him to the Ibrox faithful during his first spell with the club.

At 6 ft 3 Buksa is more than capable of filling Lafferty’s role as a target man, and would offer something slightly different to Morelos and Jermain Defoe.

Valued at just £675k on Transfermarkt, the Gers wouldn’t have to break the bank for the Polish front man either, so replacing an ageing, misfiring Lafferty with a younger, hungrier player makes perfect sense.

Out with the old and in with the new, and so long as he is not viewed as a successor to Morelos, Buksa would be a fantastic signing for the Gers.

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