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A Quick £3m Profit? | Southampton Eyeing A Deal For Rangers Midfielder: Gerrard Needs To Keep Hold Of Him

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

According to the latest reports from Daily Mail, Southampton are looking to sign Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield who could be available for £3m in the summer. The 30-year-old is an experienced Premier League player as he had an impressive stint with Burnley before moving to Glasgow.

Rangers signed the Canadian international on a free transfer last summer, and the midfielder has been a crucial player in Gerrard’s setup. Even though Arfield is suited to play in a more central midfield role, the manager has used him as a no. 10 for the most parts this season. The midfielder has made a positive impact at Ibrox this season, and there is no doubt in our mind that Rangers should want to keep hold of him.

Recently the midfielder gave a clear indication that he wants to continue at Rangers and win trophies with them. Arfield was quoted as saying, ”When you come through these doors you need to win trophies – that’s how you are going to be judged. I’ve got a four-year contract – three left after this – and people can judge me at the end of that, but I know we will have some trophies.”

Now things can obviously change in the summer if the Saints come up with a concrete offer. However, as of now, we feel that Arfield’s heart is at Ibrox which should relieve the Bears fan.

Why is Arfield going to be important for Rangers?

Arfield might not be a natural no. 10 but his intelligent movements and experience are the reason why Gerrard decided to hand him that role. The 30-year-old often likes to play in between the midfield and defensive lines, and he has that deft touch which allows him to play in tight spaces. Given his work rate, there is no doubt that he would be better of playing in a more box to box role as a no. 8. 

If Gerrard goes on to sign a playmaker, we expect Arfield to drop in deep and play in his preferred position. The midfielder has managed a decent haul of eleven goals and seven assists in all competitions this season and Gerrard should in no way look to sell one of his best midfielders.

Arfield is likely to be used more as a squad player at Southampton so even he might want to continue at Ibrox. After his latest comments, it is more or less certain that he is committed for the Bears and is likely to stay for most parts of his contract.

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