According to a recent interview by Sky Sports, Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck claimed that he would love to one day return to Rangers before actually hanging up his boots. The Scot then went on to suggest that he probably wouldn’t have done anything differently in his career, given that it would’ve been difficult for a young player to make it stick in what was a reasonably strong looking Rangers squad back then. But with John Fleck open to a Rangers return, it could spell good news for Steven Gerrard.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Fleck said, “I think it would have been difficult for any sort of young kid to come through and stick in the team at that time. We had some very good players and were very successful as I said. Every player’s path is different and obviously mine took me away from there and thankfully it’s worked out. I’m very happy at Sheffield United and as long as I continue to be then great. If that chance came further down the line to come back to Rangers then I’d love it to be honest.”
What Is The Current Midfield Situation At The Ibrox Stadium?
The Ibrox midfield situation can be viewed in one of two ways. The first point-of-view would be the that there are already a plethora of central midfielders at the club and that Fleck wouldn’t necessarily add anything new to the middle of the park. On the other hand, it must be considered that the likes of Steven Davis and Scott Arfield are the wrong side of their thirties now, meaning that the search for replacements for the midfield duo is also warranted.
Furthermore, despite the presence of some promising midfielders in the likes of Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo, it’s worth conceding that neither of them was quite up to the mark in the second half of the season. Goals from the central areas of the pitch haven’t been too much of a concern over recent years, but the rising ages of the aforementioned midfield names could provide that challenge in the coming campaigns.
The addition of another quality midfielder would not only take some of the pressure off the regulars but also give Gerrard a vital alternative if his initial game-plan isn’t quite working out.
What Would John Fleck Add To This Rangers Side?
The Sheffield United man is one of the complete midfielders in the whole of the Premier League, in that he seems to be comfortable across all the different areas on the pitch. A smart passer and dribbler of the ball, the 28-year-old has even proven that he knows the way to goal by scoring five times in his 25 Premier League appearances this season. With a couple of assists to his name as well, there’s no denying that Fleck would be a monstrously good signing for Rangers.
John Fleck Open To A Rangers Return: Should Gerrard Go For It?
For starters, the fact that Fleck has held down a starting role in midfield at a Premier League club highlights the sheer amount of quality that the Scottish ace adds to the side. Mix in his well-rounded attributes and extremely balanced skill-set, and the result is a player who could perform up to the same standard at any top European league. Whether or not Gerrard can get this deal over the line at this stage is a whole other matter, but if they’re able to somehow strike an agreement in the coming seasons, it would have to be considered a sensational swoop by the Ibrox club.