Rangers missed a trick with 5-goal maestro as “superb” beast linked with exit – opinion
Glasgow Rangers reportedly had a £2.7m bid for Steven Gerrard’s long-term target Sekou Gassama rejected by Real Valladolid in the summer.
What was the story?
According to a report from Tuttomercatoweb, Rangers were interested in signing the striker from Real Valladolid but a move never materialised.
Valladolid signed the 25-year-old from UD Almeira at the start of the year, although he immediately left on loan for CF Fuenlabrada until June.
Following a subsequent report from AS Diario (via Sport Witness), it’s claimed that the Gers made a move for Gassama but their attempts were ultimately in vain as they were rebuffed by the Spanish La Liga side.
In the end, Ross Wilson signed Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe on four-year-deals for undisclosed fees instead. Since then, Gassama has returned to Fuenlabrada, where he can’t seem to stop scoring at the moment, with five goals in his last three league appearances.
Missed a trick
Whilst Alfredo Morelos has been in impressive form, as the “superb” Colombia international recently broke Ally McCoist’s longstanding European goal record, you can’t help but feel that a player with the Senegalese’s predatory instincts inside the box would have been a useful option for Gerrard to have at his disposal.
As per SofaScore, Gassama is averaging 1.6 shots per game in La Liga 2 this term, and it’s fair to say that he could’ve been able to hit the ground running, given his excellent return for Fuenlabrada so far this season, as he has shown that he can score goals consistently at a decent level of the game.
The one-time Senegal U20 international has scored five goals in eight games in the Spanish second tier this season, via Transfermarkt. To put that into context, that’s more than Itten has managed to score for Rangers in all competitions combined so far.
Meanwhile, Morelos continues to be linked with an Ibrox exit, whilst Rangers outcast Greg Stewart and Jermain Defoe’s contracts will run out in 2021, which could create room in the squad for a new centre-forward.
Whether or not Wilson will return for Gassama in the future remains to be seen but the maestro knows how to find the back of the net, that’s for sure, as 24 goals in 84 games is a pretty impressive return in his club career so far.
Source: Football – Football Fan Cast