Three reasons Rangers should sign prolific Chelsea starlet likely to be available (not Solanke)
COMMENT By Matt Bullin
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha should do everything in his power to bring Chelsea starlet Tammy Abraham to Ibrox on loan next season.
The 19-year-old has been on loan at Bristol City this season, where he has been in prolific form, scoring 23 Championship goals in 41 games.
He is likely to be available for a second consecutive loan spell given the forward options available to Antonio Conte at Chelsea.
Abraham became a fan favourite at City and won their Player of the Year award, the Young Player of the Year award and the Top Scorer award. Here are three reasons why Rangers should move to sign him.
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Abraham has bags of goals in him. This season he finished as one of the Championship’s top scorers despite his side battling relegation for much of the season, before eventually finishing 17th. With Kenny Miller not likely to play past next season, the Gers need someone to lead the line and Abraham can do just that. Despite his age and inexperience, he obviously has quality and is a great finisher. We have seen Celtic reap the rewards of putting faith in a young striker (Moussa Dembele) this season, so Rangers should do the same with Abraham next year.
There is a genuine chance of winning silverware at Ibrox for Abraham. The Gers reached the Scottish Cup semi-final this year, and the final last year. So whereas being loaned out to a Championship side or a second-rate Premier League side would give him more experience in the English game, why not spend some time with the Gers and win some silverware. Man City loanee Patrick Roberts could win a treble with the Hoops this term, Abraham would stand a serious chance of winning something if he were to move to Rangers next year.
Rangers will be competing in the Europa League next season – a first European campaign in five years. Caixinha’s squad needs strengthening, and in the unlikely chance Abraham does not find his shooting boots in the Premiership, the Europa League is the perfect chance to use him and rest the other strikers. Rangers will need a clinical finisher in Europe where goal scoring opportunities are often few and few between – Abraham fits the bill. It works both ways too, because by playing in a European competition, the 19-year-old adds something else to his footballing CV, and he could even impress Europe’s elite.
In other Rangers news, here’s why Caixinha should rival Aberdeen to sign this play maker.