According to the Daily Record, rapid former Rangers forward Dapo Mebude is set for a ‘dream move’ to Watford just weeks after his Ibrox departure was announced.
Steven Gerrard gave Mebude his first-team debut on the final day of the 2018/19 season and big things were expected from the teenager.
However, other attacking players like Kai Kennedy and Josh McPake soon jumped above him in the pecking order and after being involved in a high-profile Covid regulations breach whilst on loan at Queen of the South over the second half of last season, his contract wasn’t extended.
Rangers announced his release at the beginning of the month [Rangers.co.uk] but earlier this week, the player himself tweeted an emotional farewell message which suggested that it’d been his decision to leave Ibrox.
Now a free agent, he’s looking for his next challenge.
However, according to the Daily Record, something big has already been lined up.
On Wednesday afternoon, the paper claimed in an exclusive on their live blog [1:09pm], that Watford are keen on the 19-year-old.
It’s stated that Mebude is ‘poised to join’ the newly-promoted Premier League club in what would be a ‘dream move’.
It’s perhaps a little surprising that an English top-flight side would swoop for Mebude given that he slid down the pecking order at Rangers prior to his exit.
However, although he lacks size, he has bags of pace and talent, as well as an eye for goal, and perhaps the Hornets’ plan is similar to that of Brentford’s in the case of Nathan Young-Coombes.
The London club recently snapped up Young-Coombes from the Gers on a three-year deal but made it clear he was a ‘B’ team signing and if Mebude does move to Vicarage Road, it’s more likely that he’ll initially go into the Academy setup rather than the first-team squad.
Another former Ger whose departure was confirmed at the same time as Mebude’s has explained his bizarre subsequent transfer switch which baffled fans.