Why Lassana Coulibaly could be a great signing for Rangers
Rangers’ summer recruitment drive is set to continue as they interested in a move for midfielder Lassana Coulibaly on loan from French side Angers, as per reports from Daily Mail.
The Light Blues have been extremely active in the transfer market this summer, having already secured deals for Scott Arfield, Allan McGregor, Jamie Murphy, Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic, Jon Flanagan and Ovie Ejaria (on loan).
And now they are set to add more to their growing roster with the impending capture of Coulibaly on a temporary spell for the next season.
The 22-year-old midfielder is a product of the Bastia academy in France. He broke into the first-team in the 2015/16 campaign and went on to make 49 appearances over the course of next two years. Eventually, he secured a move to Angers in the summer of 2017.
Having joined the club, the midfielder did not have the best of debut campaigns but he displayed glimpses of his potential as he finished with a solitary goal and three assists from 22 appearances.
The Mali international has made 10 appearances for the North-West African nation so far but is yet to open his goalscoring account.
Primarily a central midfielder, the 22-year-old can easily slot in as the No.10 in the team. He is quite versatile, having played on the wings as well as a right-back throughout his youth career. That said, he looks at home when playing in the middle of the park and running at defenders.
Blessed with quick feet, the Malian is a speedy dribbler and can leave defenders in their tracks. He also has the passing range to pick the runs of the advanced players with ease.
Rangers are loaded with a plethora of options in the middle of the park already. The likes of Ryan Jack, Graham Dorrans, Jordan Rossiter, Greg Docherty, Josh Windass have been ever-present and Liverpool loanee Ovie Ejaria has also joined the fold.
Yet with Windass rumoured to be heading for an exit amid interest from Premier League club Cardiff City, there is a possibility for a space to open up. And Coulibaly could certainly fill that void at Ibrox next season.
The 22-year-old might not have had the best of seasons last time out, but he has shown enough promise for the Gers to take a punt on his signing. There is an abundance of potential within the player and if Gerrard manages to unlock that, the Light Blues will definitely reap great rewards from the temporary deal next term.