Friday, 22 February 2019

Steven Gerrard must move for ex-France and Lyon free agent playmaker


With the news Graham Dorrans has had yet another setback, Rangers’ vacancy for a high-quality attacking midfielder continues to require filling.

January signing Steven Davis was never really brought in for that slot, Ryan Kent isn’t really a natural 10 in the first place, and Scott Arfield is too physical to have the grace and skill that slot needs.

In short, Rangers continue to need a playmaker, a lockpick who can find men ahead of him – and preferably for free.

Well, a remarkable candidate has recently come on the free agent market, one who should normally be out of Rangers’ budget and reach, but in reality could be quite feasible and equally can offer Rangers top quality in that position, with a CV the envy of many.

With spells at Milan, Bordeaux and Lyon to boast of, plus dozens of caps for France, Joann Gourcuff, a 32-year old ex-international (hasn’t played for Le Bleus since 2013) has recently been released by Dijon and could be exactly the kind of quality Steven Gerrard needs in behind his strikers at the apex of midfield.

Ok, he’ll have no sell on value, and he also won’t be a bargain-basement wage, but you don’t play over 30 times for France if you can’t kick the ball a bit, and there’s no question a player of his ability would be a stunning coup for Rangers to make.

When he was early 20s he was being mentioned as the new Zidane – that’s the kind of hype that kills any player, and the label was too heavy – he did struggle in Serie A, but when he return to France he started delivering on the promise.

The problem is he’s faded a bit – but a Gourcuff at 50% of what he was is still miles better than the options Rangers have there.

If Rangers can sign Jermain Defoe, a 50+ England cap, there is no reason Joann Gourcuff would be beyond us either.


7 comments:

  1. Too old. Same with Davis and Defoe.

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    1. Davis is 34, Defoe 36. But we agree on them. But Gourcuff is only 32?

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  2. I follow French football and watch it a lot. Gourcuff was a quality player years ago but has not touched the sort of form he had when he was capped by France, anyway, Kamara looks as though he could be the man we need and he is only 23.

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  3. Nah, let’s not bother. I’m more interested in how Kamara develops - very impressive start and you can see why he’s been given a chance so quickly.

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  4. Why are you guys mentioning Kamara - he's a defensive midfielder and he's 23. Sure, there's time for him to become an AM but that's not his trade?

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  5. He's 32 and Dijon don't rate him and couldn't find a buyer for him so released him. Says it all really

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  6. We can't play Kamara in the 10
    ...Because He's a Defensive Mid!

    This guy ...Past his Best 🤔

    For The 10? .....Greg Docherty! 💪🏻💙

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