Rangers are one of a number of teams chasing Wigan playmaker Nick Powell, so could he be the man to finally end Steven Gerrard’s hunt for a number ten?
TEAMtalk reported this week that several English clubs are chasing Powell, as well as some European outfits as well.
The report says Rangers, Celtic, Burnley, Brighton, Norwich and Derby County are all eyeing a move, while the interest from the likes of RB Leipzig and Borussia Moenchengladbach is expected to dissipate as the player does not want to leave the United Kingdom.
And journalist Alan Nixon seems to think that Rangers are in the driving seat. When asked about the chances of Sheffield Wednesday moving for Powell, he mentioned the Gers specifically as a reason why that may not happen.
Big wages. Possible. But Rangers still very keen. https://t.co/VvhDDOTMbx
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) April 17, 2019
The fact that Nixon named Rangers and only Rangers in response to the hopeful Owls fan is a fantastic sign for fans of the Ibrox outfit, as Powell has all the traits to fill the one position Gerrard has not found an answer for.
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So often this season the gaffer has watched on as his side dominates the ball but creates very few clear chances, as Alfredo Morelos runs around tirelessly up front.
The Colombian international is left isolated up there, surrounded by several towering defenders as teams “park the bus”, knowing full well none of Gerrard’s current midfield crop really have the creativity to break them down.
Powell could change all that though, and has racked up seven goals and six assists this campaign while playing in a really poor Wigan side.
The 25 year-old is versatile and clever, making a habit of popping up in little spaces between the midfield and defence, where he wreaks his havoc.
Across 28 Championship appearances this season, 23 of which were starts, he averages 2.6 shots, one key pass and 0.5 successful dribbles per game, per Whoscored.
When he is not creating chances for his teammates he is creating them for himself, and more goals from midfield would certainly take some pressure off the Gers number 20.
In fact, given the uncertainty surrounding Morelos’ future, signing a playmaker with genuine quality may just be what convinces the talisman to stay, as he will get even more chances to improve his goalscoring numbers in the next campaign.
Swooping for Powell should be a no-brainer for the Gers this summer.