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Rangers Interested In Signing 28 Y/O Sheffield Wednesday Striker: Can He Fit Into Gerrard’s System?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Latest transfer rumours predict that Rangers are looking into a possible loan deal for Sheffield Wednesday striker, Jordan Rhodes. The 28-year-old is facing a dilemma after undergoing an unimpressive couple of seasons at the Championship level.

He struck 7 times for the Owls and just 6 times with Middlesbrough. This is a shoddy statistic to digest, after watching the Scotsman net the ball 95 times in 207 previous Championship appearances. He did wonders with Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town which, in turn, initiated the big-money move to Boro.

One would have imagined that Rhodes would have carried over his scoring run to the Riverside Stadium but that was not the case. He has made just 17 starts for Sheffield last term and is far away from averaging over 20 league goals in a single season.

Maybe a change of pace and atmosphere will help him find his shooting boots again and Rangers could be the ideal place to start. The Oldham-born forward has enjoyed a few illustrious years in England, all the way back from his Ipswich Town days.

Rhodes started his professional career with the Tractor Boys, scoring over 40 goals for the U16s, U18s and reserve side. He had successful loan spells with Oxford United, Rochdale and Brentford.

His current conundrum at the Hillsborough is quite unfavourable with Gary Hooper, Atdhe Nuhiu, Fernando Forestieri and Lucas Joao in the squad. It is unlikely that Rhodes will get much playing time after his past season woes in front of goal.

This leaves Steven Gerrard with an open shot at the once prolific forward to convince and bring him to the Ibrox. The Gers boss might not have a whole lot of financial backing to offer a permanent switch but a loan spell could prove to be fruitful for both parties.

Rhodes is contracted with the Championship outfit till the summer of 2020. If the 28-year-old starts scoring in the Scottish Premiership, they will be able to extract some value out of him if they choose to sell next summer.

Rangers are trying to mount a comeback in the Scottish top-flight while their bitter rivals continue to dominate the domestic competition. Celtic just won their second consecutive league treble under Brendan Rodgers and are already allocated a team filled to the brim with top-pedigree talent.

Read More: Brighton And Hove Eyeing 25 Y/O Reading Defender: Why It Is A Massive News For Rangers And Gerrard!

Bringing in players like Rhodes might help Gerrard make an improved run next season.

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