Formerly Ibrox-linked striker scores incredible Championship goal, did Gers miss out?
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Former Rangers target Eaves scores incredible header for Hull City

This week, there has been a lot of coverage of Rangers’ supposed interest in Lawrence Shankland.

Not only was it suggested that the Gers had him scouted on Saturday [Daily Record], but also that they actually came close to signing him last season [Scottish Sun].

On Tuesday night, another centre-forward, who had previously been linked with Ibrox, thrust himself back into the spotlight.

Tom Eaves.

The 27-year-old forward was reportedly a target for the Gers when he was banging them in for Gillingham in League One [Sky Sports].

Eaves scored 22 times in all competitions last season. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

However, no move to Glasgow materialised and instead, he joined Hull City [BBC Sport].

The Tigers have had a tough start to the season, but Eaves scored an incredible header to earn a rare win at home to Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

The 6ft 5″ striker flung himself onto an Eric Lichaj cross and sent a spectacular diving header in off the far post from around 12-yards out.

Former Rangers target Eaves breaks Hull drought, but Gerrard call vindicated

It was a remarkable finish, but it was actually Eaves’ first goal since his summer switch.

Handed the no.9 shirt, the big target man was expected to be the main source of goals for his new club, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way so far. He went ten appearances without a goal in all competitions before this stunning effort [Soccerbase].

Eaves has struggled to find the net since joining Hull. (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images,)

When those stats are compared with Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe’s early-season successes (22 goals between them), Rangers have no reason to regret not pushing harder for Eaves.

He’s clearly capable of the odd moment of magic, but in general, he’s struggled to produce since stepping up a level.

Gerrard may not be totally comfortable with the idea of lacking a third out-and-out striker [Scotsman], but, as long as his two main weapons stay fit, the Gers should have no problems in the final third. For now, the decision to move on from Eaves looks justified.


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