John Lundstram should be worried about his place in the starting XI after a rumour emerged from Rangers.

What’s the story?

Well – according to Tom Bogert – Rangers are now interested in signing Jose Cifuentes from LAFC.

The American journalist believes Leeds and Espanyol are also potential destinations for the Ecuador international.

So, why should this concern Lundstram?

Crucially, both Cifuentes and Lundstram operate in central midfield, so the fact Michael Beale is looking for a new option in that area could suggest he is planning to replace the Englishman in his starting XI.

Beale started Lundstram alongside Nicolas Raskin at the base of midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation as Rangers defeated St Mirren 5-2 on Saturday.

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It was the 29-year-old’s 26th start in the Scottish Premiership this season.

Given the fact Raskin only arrived at Ibrox in January, you would imagine that Cifuentes would take Lundstram’s role in midfield, as it would be strange if Beale was already looking to replace a player he only recently signed.

Rangers fans should be patient if Cifuentes replaces Lundstram

If Beale does manage to sign Cifuentes and he replaces Lundstram, Rangers fans must give the South American time to settle in Glasgow.

Looking at the statistics, the Ecuadorian is not as busy as the Rangers No.4 out on the pitch.

WhoScored shows that – on average – Cifuentes makes 0.2 interceptions per game in Major League Soccer compared to Lundstram’s 1.2 in the Scottish Premiership.

The LAFC No.20 also completes just 25.8 passes per 90 minutes on average in comparison to Lundstram’s tally of 67.4 passes.

Offensively, Lundstram is also more of a goal threat with 1.5 shots per game. Cifuentes averages 1.2 shots.

Nevertheless, the LAFC maestro is just 24 years of age, so he still has plenty of time on his side to get these numbers up.

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