Forget Eaves, Rangers should instead swoop for his 20-year-old, 14-goal rival
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Is Sunderland's Josh Maja more worthy of Gers interest than Tom Eaves?

In December, Sky Sports reported that Rangers were tracking Gillingham’s Tom Eaves ahead of this month’s window.
The 6ft 5′ target man averages a goal every other game in all competitions this season. His 14 strikes in League One leave him joint second in the division’s goal scoring charts.

Tom Eaves led the line for Gillingham as they dumped Cardiff out of the FA Cup on Saturday. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

However, if Rangers were looking to raid England’s third tier for a final boost to their resources in forward areas, there’s another, more exciting prospect to consider.
Sunderland’s Josh Maja.

The 20-year-old is level on goals with Eaves and has a better strike rate. He has bagged a goal every 121 minutes, compared to Eaves’ every 135.

Maja nips in to score against Blackpool on New Years’ Day. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

Yet, this isn’t just about the stats.
Maja’s contract is up in June and there are reportedly question marks over his desire to stay at the Stadium of Light.
He has
pace and athleticism that Eaves doesn’t possess. As a result, he is more likely to fit into the style of football the Gers want to play.
Should Rangers already feel resigned to losing Alfredo Morelos or even, a game time starved Kyle Lafferty, in the summer, they could table a pre-contract offer for Maja.

Morelos may not be around forever. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Gers look strong in forward areas at the minute, but there are sure to be bids for El Buffalo in the summer.

Even though Ryan Hardie will surely feature next campaign, there’s nothing wrong with planning ahead.
Maja’s future is uncertain, and he should, at least, be on the radar.


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