Why Rangers would be right to hand contract reward to Jemaine Defoe
According to a report in Scottish Sun, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has promised that there will be contract reward to in-form striker Jermaine Defoe in the coming days/months.
The gaffer is happy with the veteran’s performance level so far and if his form continues the way it is, then a contract offer will be on the table further into the season. (h/t Scottish Sun)
Defoe, who arrived at the Ibrox from Bournemouth on a 18-month loan deal this January, has 12 months left on his contract. He has been in good form for the Scottish side, reiterating with a sublime hat-trick against Hibernian last week.
Even at the age of 36, the former England international consistently shows up and scores goals to help the team. Here’s why it would be right for Rangers to offer him a contract reward during this season and secure his future at the Ibrox:
Defoe’s experience and instinctive goal-scoring a massive asset
Jermaine Defoe is a high-quality striker whose goal-scoring record is phenomenal for whichever club he has played for so far. He is one of those instinctive strikers who knows where to be when the ball is coming into the box. And the finishing ability of high order is there till now.
Despite not being a regular starter in the Rangers team since arriving in January, the 36-year-old has managed to score 13 goals and provided seven assists in 23 appearances in all competitions.
In terms of his attributes, Defoe doesn’t have raw pace but he possesses the cleverness to make the right runs in behind a defensive line. He has good finishing techniques in and around the box, can run the channel to stretch a back line and is impeccable from 12 yards.
Thus, even at the age of 36, the Englishman continues to show his worth. His current record and past history suggests that he is not going to peter out soon either.
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So, it has to be said that Rangers would be right to offer Jermaine Defoe a contract reward during the course of this season. This deal would help them keep a player whose goal-scoring exploits never seem to slow down.