Glasgow Rangers have been one of several sides across Europe credited with an interest in Sheffield United midfielder John Lundstram in recent months. However, there has recently been a new development regarding Lundstram’s future.
What’s the word?
Reports have emerged over the past week revealing that the 26-year-old has no interest in joining Rangers, which will no doubt be a mammoth blow for Steven Gerrard as he seeks to bolster his midfield options before the start of next season.
And now, former Premier League striker Kevin Campbell believes Lundstram, who has been described as a “real menace to other teams” by his captain Billy Sharp, will not be short of suitors in the summer.
He said: “I think there’d be suitors in the Premier League for him. He’s a combative midfielder, good energy, puts his foot in and can run all day.
“There are plenty of teams who could do with a midfielder like that.
“I just think it’s been a great shop window, playing at Sheffield United.
“But believe you me, you don’t turn down Rangers if you haven’t got someone looking at you in the background. So I’m sure he has suitors in the Premier League.”
There’s no denying the fact that these recent turn of events are a big blow for Rangers in their pursuit of the midfielder. At one stage, all the signs seemed to indicate that a move to Ibrox could be on the cards. But, with Lundstram apparently having already made up his mind, Ross Wilson may have to look elsewhere instead.
Ryan Jack to the rescue?
At first glance, it’s fair to say that Rangers have no shortage of midfield options for their ever-changing system, with Steven Davis, Bongani Zungu, Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo all battling to bag a space in the starting line-up. And that’s not to mention the injured Scott Arfield, who has made 20 top-flight appearances so far this season.
While Rangers have been on an encouraging run of form that has seen them surge to the top spot in the Scottish Premiership, they still need to invest in the right areas in the summer. Signing a holding defensive-minded midfielder should be at the top of their list of priorities.
Given his age, Davis won’t be as dominant nor as effective as he is now for much longer, so it’s about time they started planning for his long-term successor, hence the reported interest in Lundstram.
In the meantime, however, Gerrard may need to rely on Jack to act as the base for his midfield in the near future. Zungu is still struggling to make much of an impression at Ibrox despite having spent nearly five months in Scotland.
Thankfully for Gerrard at least, the £2m-rated 28-year-old seems to have shaken off any lingering issues and has been able to hit the ground running after recovering from injury. If we compare the aforementioned duo since the start of this season, there’s almost no comparison to be made.
Jack is currently averaging 1.1 tackles per 90 in the Premiership while Zungu is averaging just 0.1 tackles per game. Perhaps most importantly, he is also dribbled past on fewer occasions, too, as he is only beaten by an opponent 0.4 times per 90. Zungu, on the other hand, is beaten at least once per game.
It’s becoming clearer and clearer that the Scotland international is streets ahead of the Bafana-Bafana midfielder and as such should be trusted to provide cover and competition for Davis for the time being.