Former Leeds United striker, Noel Whelan, has predicted that a move for fellow Elland Road hero, Kemar Roofe, could be money well spent by Rangers should they follow up their reported interest in the forward.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan details what makes Roofe an attractive proposition for Steven Gerrard and what he would bring to the Gers.
So what has Whelan said?
When asked about the speculation in Voetbal 24 linking the 27-year old with a move to Glasgow, he said:
“He’s very quick, very dynamic in and around the box, he can hold the ball up and he knows where the goal is.
“They would get him at a decent price and they’ll have the finances.
“Obviously they’ll have a certain amount of money they can spend, they can be outpriced by it but Anderlecht probably won’t get what they paid for Kemar.
“It hasn’t worked out for him and I think it could be time he does get a challenge and It could be a loan to buy situation that works for both clubs.”
So is Whelan correct?
Gerrard has been looking for reinforcements to his forward line for some time now knowing full well that Jermain Defoe – on his own – is far from ideal as cover for Alfredo Morelos and with the Colombian the subject of intense speculation himself, the Gers gaffer really needs to secure additions as soon as possible.
Roofe is capable of playing through the middle or off the right hand side and his pace and movement would be an asset for the Ibrox side, he may not have the physicality of Morelos but as Whelan alluded to, he is more than capable of operating on his own as a central striker.
Rangers were rumoured to have offered a loan to buy deal already in this transfer window and given the current financial climate, it would make great economic sense, fans of the Light Blues would’ve wanted to see Roofe and Morelos together in the same side, however, it now appears as if the £4million rated forward could be the man tasked with replacing the enigmatic talisman.