The Middlesbrough Championship team have yet to make an offer for Rangers center-back Jack Simpson despite their reported interest, according to a report by Teesside Live.
Chris Wilder’s men played a three-under system on Neil Warnock’s predecessor, 54, earlier in the season, but the current manager’s 3-5-2 lineup appears to be the system Boro will consistently use going forward. and that apparently changed their focus on a center-back with Folarin Balogun’s loan to Arsenal all but confirmed.
With that, The sun reported on Sunday that Boro was considering a loan for the 25-year-old, with the current Rangers squad ready to let him go after seeing him only make three Scottish Premiership appearances this quarter.
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This lack of playing time must be a real disappointment for the central defender who only arrived at Ibrox less than 12 months ago, join the club in February of last year, but could make a fresh start in a side currently seeking promotion to the Premier League with former club AFC Bournemouth.
Promotion hunters will already have five lenders on their books if Balogun’s arrival from Arsenal is postponed, but the involvement of James Lea Siliki for Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations would allow the Englishman to consolidate his position. place in the second division team.
However, Craig Johns of Teesside Live reported last night that an offer has yet to be made to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side regarding the center-back’s services, leaving Simpson in limbo as he seeks to ensure regular first-team football.
It is not yet clear whether he is named as a potential replacement for Dael Fry, who is currently linked with Newcastle United but does not appear to be close to the exit door at this point.
When operating with a three-way defender, it could be argued that you can never have enough center-backs, especially if an injury crisis occurs at the back.
However, it would be interesting to see if Simpson fits in if he joins the club, with Fry, Anfernee Dijksteel, Grant Hall, Lee Peltier, Paddy McNair and Sol Bamba all able to operate in central defense.
In fairness, Dijksteel would likely replace Isaiah Jones if the latter were to be injured, with Djed Spence remaining at Nottingham Forest for the remainder of the campaign and McNair would fall in midfield if Matt Crooks or Jonny Howson became unavailable.
Despite this, it can be difficult for the 25-year-old to make his way into the first team if he were to make it to Riverside, so it could be worth it for the defending Scottish Premiership champions to include penalty clauses in any potential loan deal to try to make sure he gets as much play time as possible.
From Boro’s perspective, it’s good that this deal is just a loan – as Bamba potentially has the ability to play at this level beyond the end of the campaign in his current vein of form – shining several. times this quarter.
The last thing Wilder wants are disgruntled players, so having Simpson on a temporary deal would be a lot less of a problem for him.