After last night’s shock claims that Rangers have bid £7M for USA’s excellent striker Haji Wright, Ibrox fans were given some more cautiously good news in the form of Karlan Grant, an experienced Premier League attacker, valued at around £6M.
The 25-year-old, currently at West Brom in the Championship, is contracted to the Hawthorns till 2026 but his record this season could be better with just 3 goals in 31 league appearances, albeit he’s been a fringe player this term, and his numbers the previous two campaigns were much better.
In 44 outings it was 18 goals last season, the previous one saw 19 goals in one less appearance.
So he can clearly find the back of the net.
He’s also being viewed as a sort of Ryan Kent replacement, given he’s more than capable on the left wing too, having made almost 100 career appearances out there with a decent 27 goals and 8 assists.
But he’s not going to be pennies.
Is he the step up in the way Wright is? Maybe – he’s done well at every level he’s played in and has a healthy number of youth caps for England, even if he never scored, but he’s another one who looks like he’s ready to make the step up and announce himself in football.
Is he good enough for the Champions League?
Is he good enough for usurping Celtic? These are major questions and we don’t have an answer, but we do know his style – when he’s on the wing, he isn’t that different to Kent as it stands. He dribbles a lot, and that’s his big thing, but his big change from Kent is he finishes more clinically. He doesn’t waste his chances like Kent seems to.
Which is why his goal return in the Championship is good. Very good.
But these players don’t grow on trees and Rangers will have to dig deep to sign him if the club decides we want to make a move on him.
Is a big bid imminent for Grant? Maybe – according to the press we’ve bid £7M on Wright so who the heck knows?