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27 Y/O Rangers Goalkeeper No More In Gerrard’s Plans: Can A Move To Aston Villa Rescue His Career?

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

The Rangers FC manager, Steven Gerrard has already chosen who will be his number one choice in between the sticks next season. Allan McGregor is a seasoned professional who was brought over on a free transfer this very summer. However, this leaves Wes Foderingham in a tricky spot with even Ben Alnwick in front of him in the pecking order. The 27-year-old is ready to move on and reports suggest that Aston Villa and Ipswich Town are fighting it out for his signature.

Steve Bruce needs a competent presence at the back of his defence after the departure of Sam Johnstone on completion of his loan spell from Manchester United. Costel Pantilimon is already out of the market, having signed with Nottingham Forest recently and the Villa boss is desperately searching for an able presence at a relatively cheaper rate.

Foderingham’s contract is set to run until the summer of 2020 and his value is at the highest point of his entire career right now. The Englishman was the primary choice for Graeme Murty at the Ibrox last season and had made 37 appearances across all competitions, registering 11 clean sheets.

He signed with the Light Blues in the summer of 2015 and so far has appeared in 130 games while also stocking up 49 clean sheets. Foderingham spent his early days in the Fulham youth academy but was eventually released and later signed by Crystal Palace in 2010.

He spent time away on loan with Bromley, Boreham Wood, Histon and Swindon Town before signing with the later permanently in 2012. The Hammersmith-born player made over 200 appearances for Swindon, which was enough to impress Mark Warburton and hop a ride to Glasgow for a starting berth.

Standing at 6 feet 1 inch tall, Foderingham is a professional who has been a prime figure in the Rangers lineup in recent times. Unfortunately, the regime change at the Ibrox has convoluted his future with the Gers and it definitely is time for the 27-year-old to move on.

After cementing a spot as a starting shot-stopper it is not ideal for him to spend time on the bench. Rather he will surely be up for a greater challenge in the EFL Championship and Aston Villa could be the perfect outfit to provide it.

Read More: Should Rangers Gaffer Gerrard Hand This Liverpool Outcast A Chance To Revive His Career At Ibrox?

Rangers, as we have discussed before, have got themselves enough ammunition in the defensive areas, especially the goalkeeping department so they can cope without the services of the 27-year-old shot-stopper. Hence, a move away from the Ibrox is on the cards and it might be the best decision for both the player and the Scottish giants in the current situation. 

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