Why Rangers should make a move for Dominic Iorfa in January
According to a report from the Sun, Rangers are planning to make a January swoop for Wolverhampton Wanderers right-back Dominic Iorfa.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was keen on the 23-year-old defender in summer but a move never materialized. However, he is set to reignite his interest in the player and is eyeing a £500,000 deal for Wolverhampton Wanderers outcast, adds the report.
Dominic Iorfa, 23, has not played a single game this season as Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has not used him in the first-team following promotion from the Championship. The defender was loaned to Ipswich Town last season and returned to Molineux in summer but has been completely overlooked by Santo.
With Dominic Iorfa out of contract at Wolves next summer, Rangers are doing the right thing by eyeing a cut-price deal in the New Year.
The Gers have performed well in Steven Gerrard’s first season at the club. Under Gerrard, Rangers signed 15 players in summer; yet there are a couple of places that still need strengthening. The right-back position may not require strengthening but with club skipper James Tavernier attracting interest from Brighton (h/t the Sun), a move for Iorfa makes sense.
James Tavernier has performed extremely well this season, leading the Gers from the front. Tavernier may lack the defensive diligence but his ability while going forward make him perfectly suited for Gerrard’s style of play at Ibrox.
Meanwhile, Gerrard also has Jon Flanagan but he has been mostly deployed at left-back in order to fill in for the injured Borna Barisic.
Truth to be told, Flanagan has not looked at home at left-back as he is a naturally right-footed player. And if Tavernier leaves Rangers in January, Gerrard will be left just with Flanagan as an option at right-back.
A player Iorfa’s quality would do a world of good for Rangers. He’ll undoubtedly bolster Gerrard’s defensive ranks, whilst also add competition for Tavernier and Flanagan.
Iorfa is powerful, quick, intelligent and a commanding presence on the right. The 23-year-old is also a very good crosser of the ball and his versatility to play in central defence could enable Gerrard to utilize him as part of a three-man defence.
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A player of immense potential shouldn’t be let go by Gerrard, given the fact he is available on bargain fee in January. Iorfa has all the qualities to be a huge long-term success at Ibrox and Gerrard must go all out to sign him to boost his squad for the second half of the season.