Reported Rangers transfer target Jonson Clarke-Harris’ finishing is 23% better than Ivan Toney’s, according to Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony.
Posh director of football Barry Fry claimed in March that the Gers had been scouting Clarke-Harris [Peterborough Telegraph] and a Bristol Live report then credited Rangers and several English clubs, including Sheffield United and West Brom, with interest.
The 26-year-old is contracted until 2024 so he could well stay at Peterborough after his 31 League One strikes fired them to promotion last season.
However, MacAnthony has already stated that his club wouldn’t be able to compete on wages if big sides swooped [Hull Live] and he’s now bigged up his main asset, asserting that he’s more deadly in the area than former Posh striker Ivan Toney, who’s reportedly now valued at £35m [Football League World] after scoring over 30 goals himself last season to help Brentford to the Premier League.
“Jonno was comfortably the best player in League One last season,” he said [Daily Record]. “Ireland checked to see if he had any Irish grandparents recently.”
“I knew what we were getting with Jonno. We were going into last season with pretty much the same as the season before, but without Ivan (Toney) and the stats told me Jonno was a 23 per cent better finisher. I was 75 per cent certain he would win the League One golden boot.
“There were buts as he’d never played 40 games in a season before so we had to get his body right and fair play to him he got in shape very quickly. The rest was already there. He had the right character, the right mentality and the right squad around him.
“But Jonno is not resting on his laurels. He’s been cycling 13 miles a day in order to get fitter. We might play a pressing game next season and Jonno has never had to do that, so he’s taken it on himself to get in even better shape. That’s the sort of commitment I want to see.”
Toney proved to be close to unstoppable in his first season in the Championship with the Bees, so this is a big claim from MacAnthony, who will be trying everything to bump up his player’s value.
Clarke-Harris’ numbers at London Road have been extremely impressive, though, and there’s little doubt that he’d be capable of thriving in the SPFL Premiership if given the opportunity.
Yet, the question remains, do Rangers need to splash out over £5m [Bristol Live] on a new striker with Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, Fashion Sakala, Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe all contracted until at least the end of next season?