There is every chance that we are going to be seeing Alfredo Morelos in a Rangers shirt for the next six-months but not much longer beyond that, if he continues his recent form though, and delivers the Scottish Premiership, he would certainly be leaving with our blessing.
Ross Wilson and Steven Gerrard will have to work smart with the budget that they have, however, it is always easier to build from a position from strength and let’s not forget that, if El Bufalo does leave, he will also create a decent hole in the wage budget whilst swelling the club’s transfer kitty and bank balance.
The pre-contract market is one that we should be looking at for both young players that can be developed an experienced ones that are ready to making an impact now, and there are bargains to be had in the Premier League.
Dwight Gayle at Newcastle United might be 32-years old but he is a proven goalscorer and would be perfect to replace Jermain Defoe, not to play ever week and lead the line as first choice, but to be an impact player and start against teams where space is limited – having spent his career at mainly relegation threatened teams, a chance to win silverware and compete at the sharp end of the table could be enough to tempt him up the road – he is also available for free.
The other interesting option is Christian Benteke. Not exactly in re-hot goal scoring form but he offers a physicality and ability to bring others into play that could see us get the best out of Kemar Roofe, Ryan Kent and Cedric Itten plus he is still valued at over £8million.
You can choose one...
If Morelos does leave then Itten will probably be expected to play more often, he has shown glimpses of what he is capable of and his extra pace could see him score more goals than the charismatic Colombian, if he is given the chance but we will still need reinforcements.
We have seen the difference this season being able to call upon four strikers, if Morelos and Defoe leave for their respective reasons they would need to be replaced, why not with a Belgian international and a £7m rated striker with nearly a goal every three games in the Championship and Premier League?