In the summer of 2021, Rangers fans had hoped that signing Joey Veerman would be a statement of intent, instead, not signing him was.
The PSV Eindhoven midfielder seemed like the obvious number eight for Steven Gerrard and was heavily linked but a £7m move proved too much to match.
The 24-year old is a full Netherlands international after his form with PSV saw him called up to the senior squad.
His ability to play as a deep-lying playmaker, box-to-box or attacking midfielder makes him a welcome addition for any coach.
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Rangers were interested in Joey Veerman because of the numbers he produces from the middle of the park, almost one goal contribution every two games this season, and it is easy to see why Lazio are considering a move.
Veerman is, probably, one of the reasons why Gerrard left Rangers.
Alongside Kevin Nisbet, the ex-Gers gaffer wanted funds to strengthen his team but all he got was the same squad plus John Lundstram and Fashion Sakala.
The perception now is that the board rested on it’s laurels instead of going one more time to the well to back the manager.
Michael Beale has said that he is excited about this transfer window, he has made a good start but the marquee signings have yet to arrive.
Jose Cifuentes would be a start but a natural and proven number nine is a priority as is a winger or attacking midfielder to replace Ryan Kent.
Hopefully, Beale doesn’t have the same problem that Gerrard had and gets the players he wants, rather than the players we can afford.