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Caleb Ekuban stat hints he could replace Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos

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Caleb Ekuban stat hints he could replace Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos

Rangers are interested in signing Caleb Ekuban this summer, according to a recent report from Turkish outlet Fotospor.

Ekuban has done well since joining Trabzonspor, initially on loan before signing permanently last summer.

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Surprisingly however, Fotospor has claimed that his current club want around £9 million for the Ghana international.

In truth, it would be a big surprise to see Rangers go anywhere near that price this summer. He has scored just three league goals this season, with three assists also under his belt.

Admittedly, he has predominantly featured out wide or in attacking midfield this term. But it is difficult to imagine Rangers parting with £9 million to bring him to Ibrox.

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But what should perhaps encourage the Gers fans if Steven Gerrard does ultimately bring Ekuban in is an intriguing statistic concerning himself and Alfredo Morelos.

 

Both forwards secured big moves in the 2017 summer window, with Morelos moving to Rangers and Ekuban joining Leeds United. And they both went into those moves off the back of brilliant spells in front of goal in leagues with significantly lower profiles.

Ekuban was playing on loan in Albania with Partizani Tirana. And during his time with the club, he scored 18 times in 42 games in all competitions.

And remarkably, from the time Ekuban made his debut in Albania to the day of his final appearance, Morelos bagged 18 goals in Finland with HJK.

It must be noted that the Colombian’s strike-rate was significantly better, with Finland’s season taking place in the summer.

But it is interesting that the pair scored the same number of goals over the same period in their respective spells.

And if Ekuban is going to arrive at Rangers this summer, perhaps as Morelos’s replacement, the Ibrox faithful will be hoping that he can emulate him once again with Morelos scoring 77 goals with some time still to go before the end of his third season with the Gers.

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