COMMENT By Richard Parks
Josh Windass is not one for shying away from saying what he thinks, or speaking in dull platitudes.
The Rangers attacker’s Twitter post following his team’s final match of the season bigged up his own performances this season and strongly suggested he fully intends to still be at the club in 2018-19.
The Englishman’s future is the subject of speculation, with widespread reports last week, including in the Scottish Sun, Scottish Daily Mail and ever-reliable Four Lads Had a Dream blog, that Cardiff City are in talks with him over a £3million summer move.
Strong rumours tonight that Josh Windass is in discussions regarding a £3m move to Cardiff City
Burnley said to also be in the hunt for the player
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) May 10, 2018
Windass has been criticised by Rangers fans on social media, particularly at the start and end of this season, with many claiming he delivers only in fits and starts.
That perhaps explains why Windass posted a Twitter message following Sunday’s 5-5 draw against Hibernian highlighting his contribution to the team this season.
In 41 matches in all competitions, the 24-year-old has scored 18 goals and supplied eight assists, with 13 of his goals coming in the Scottish Premiership, including the one after coming on as a sub against Hibs.
Striker teammate Alfredo Morelos has been similarly productive, and Windass referred on his personal Twitter account to “not a bad first season partnership”.
52 goals and assists between me and Alfredo . Not a bad first season Partnership ???????????????????????????? ???????? https://t.co/7KZxHbdvJ0
— Joshua Windass (@WindassJnr) May 13, 2018
Windass has been particularly effective in the second half of the season in a central attacking midfield role behind the main striker.
Clearly stung by the criticism, his stance suggests he is proud of his record.
Tellingly, he also hints that he fully intends for his partnership with Morelos to be extended to a second campaign under new manager Steven Gerrard.
Windass is not everyone’s cup of team, with many believing his performances do not live up to his strut, but he is getting better all the team and it is no coincidence that Premier League clubs are hot on his trail.
The former Accrington player could go to another level next season under Gerrard, who must resist the opportunity to cash in on a major asset.
Windass is keen to stay, and that is great news for the club.