Three Josh Windass replacements Gerrard should consider before the deadline

Three Josh Windass replacements Gerrard should consider before the deadline

Rangers sold controversial playmaker Josh Windass to Championship outfit Wigan Athletic on English transfer deadline day, and while he split opinion among the fans, he was a productive source of goals in 2017/18.

That may convince Gerrard to dip into the transfer market to replace those numbers – Kyle Lafferty is obviously one widely-reported target – from areas that aren’t the traditional number nine position.

So, we’ve picked out three potential Windass replacements Gerrard could eye up before the Scottish window slams shut…

Domingos Quina – Watford

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 03: Domingos Quina of West Ham United arrives for the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United at Amex Stadium on February 3, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Quina was another mover on Deadline Day, trading in West Ham United for Watford after seeing his first-team opportunities limited in east London.

However, the Hornets tend to exist in a state of flux and Rangers should be able to offer him more regular gametime.

His international performances for Portugal indicate his talent and with confidence and matches, he would be able to show that at Ibrox. He was linked with a move to Barcelona this summer so is talent in there, for sure.

Charly Musonda – Chelsea

This one may not be too popular with the fans as Musonda had a loan spell across town at Celtic last season and didn’t pull up any trees.

However, he is another one who has an incredible amount of talent. For whatever reason, it didn’t show at Parkhead but he is more than good enough – ability-wise – to cut it in Scotland if he got a second chance.

He has pace, trickery and an eye for goal and must surely be looking at building a career somewhere else other than Stamford Bridge – Ibrox could be that place.

Zach Clough – Nottingham Forest

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 18: Zach Clough of Nottingham Forest gives orders during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest at St Andrews (stadium) on November 18, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

More of a number 1o than a wideman, he might be a slightly different type of replacement for Windass but he is also likely to be the most achievable target, if reports linking him with Aberdeen and Hibernian are to be believed.

Clough is a hugely talented player who has just lost his way at Nottingham Forest and Gerrard’s man-management skills should be able to coax more out of him if he did move north of the border.

He has a good eye for goal and the ability to get between the lines and would form a sharp, mobile partnership with Alfredo Morelos in attack if he came to Ibrox.