Kamara will move to Elland Road for a fee of £5.5 million, if the Scottish Sun’s reports are to be believed. However, the amount that Leeds will pay Rangers has not be finalised or agreed upon as of yet.
Will Rangers miss Glen Kamara?
While Kamara is a wonderfully talented player and an excellent defensive midfielder, Rangers’ desire to move him on seems to indicate that he will not be missed at the Ibrox Stadium.
Last season, Kamara was generally considered to be a rotation option under Michael Beale. He played in 19 of Rangers’ Scottish Premiership games, scoring a single goal along the way.
Nevertheless, it seems odd that Rangers are so keen to move the Finnish international on. At 27 years of age, he is just approaching his prime and has always provided a reliable presence in the middle of the park.
Rangers currently have six players who can play in central midfield (excluding Kamara) – Steven Davis, Nnamdi Ofoborh, Jose Cifuentes, Ryan Jack, John Lundstram and Nicolas Raskin. Additionally, Ianis Hagi, Kieran Dowell and Todd Cantwell can also play in midfield if they are call upon to do so.
How can the Light Blues replace Glen Kamara within the squad?
If the deal for Kamara to join Leeds United is finalised, the Gers may need to sign a replacement. Currently, Kamara is the only defensive-minded midfielder that Rangers have in their squad.
This is, of course, unless Beale plans to move forward without a defensive midfielder in his team. In their most recent league game, when they defeated Livingston by a score of 4-0, he deployed Nicolas Raskin at the base of midfield.
Raskin’s key strengths come in his playmaking abilities, rather than his defensive attributes. Despite this, he is no slouch in the latter department.
As such, it appears that Beale prefers holding players who can turn defence into attack in an instant – rather than one who is merely out there just to break up play and halt attacks.