According to the latest reports from Sky Sports, Rangers are keeping track of Gillingham striker Tom Eaves ahead of the January transfer window. The striker is currently enjoying a good run as he has managed 14 goals in 26 appearances this season.
Rangers are likely to go after a striker in January, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they are linked with one with just a few weeks to go for the January window. Alfredo Morelos has shown great form and has led the line well, but given his disciplinary record, he is not too far away from a suspension. In his absence, Kyle Lafferty has done well in parts, but it’s clear that there is a place for another striker in the current squad.
Umar Sadiq who came with a big reputation from Italian giants AS Roma failed big time and it’s clear that Gerrard doesn’t rate him much as he has been unable to get even into the match days squads.
Eaves is attracting interest from Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End as well given his goalscoring exploits in the English third tier. The 26-year-old had joined Gillingham in the 2017 summer transfer window and is currently in the final year of his contract. The striker has given an indication that he is not too keen on signing a new contract with the Somerset-based outfit and a move to the upper divisions look imminent.
Eaves is a traditional target man type of a striker and he uses his strength and height to good effect. Standing at 6ft 5inches, he is strong in the air and has an eye for a goal. The English striker packs a decent punch with his right foot, and the Liverpool born player seems good enough to play at a higher level.
However, the Gers should look at someone who has proven himself at the top level. Eaves is still an unknown quantity, and we believe he would be too similar to someone like Lafferty who has the same attributes as Eaves. The striker spent most of his time with Bolton Wanderers where he was there for six years and had loan spells with the likes of Bristol Rovers, Shrewsbury, Rotherham, Bury and Yeovil.
The forward’s good stints has come at League One and League Two clubs and the 26-year-old is not yet proven in the Championship. Therefore the Gers should probably show more ambition and look for a better striker if they want to bring someone who can compete with Morelos and add competition for places.