An update has emerged on reported Leeds transfer target Glen Kamara regarding his future at Rangers.
What’s the talk?
According to The Athletic, the 25-year-old is closing in on an agreement over a new contract with the Scottish champions. The Finland international is due to extend his current deal, putting an end to speculation over his future for now.
Leeds are reportedly interested in signing the midfielder, along with his teammate Ryan Kent, but could now have to wait until another transfer window to secure his services.
Would Kamara have been a good signing?
Fans will be gutted
Leeds fans will likely be gutted with this news as it shows Kamara’s willingness to extend his contract with the Scottish giants rather than moving to the Yorkshire club, who may need to be patient in this particular pursuit and could shelve their interest until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
The Whites could watch Kamara’s development closely for another year in Scotland before swooping for him in 2022. Another year of growth and improvement could give him a better chance of being able to make the step up to the Premier League, although that may also alert other clubs to his talents further down the line.
Kamara averaged an impressive SofaScore rating of 6.99 for Rangers in the Premiership last term. He won 59% of his defensive duels, whilst registering one goal and one assist. This suggests that he has talent but could still improve upon his offensive contribution and work on winning a higher percentage of his duels.
Neil McCann, his former manager at Dundee United, called him a special talent despite his small physique. He said of Kamara: “He isn’t a big, physical lad but he’s made of iron and really strong. I knew immediately that he could handle the ball under pressure and not give it away, so he was perfect.
McCann added: “He’s a special talent. He’s lightning-quick but he doesn’t show it. He’s a player who takes instruction well.”
This shows that Kamara has potential, and another year of regular football for Rangers could do the world of good for his development. Therefore, whilst this is a blow for Leeds in the short-term, it could work out for Bielsa and Victor Orta in the long run, should they retain their interest and go back in for him next summer.
However, this might not stop Whites fans from being sickened that the club will miss out on a deal for the Finland international ahead of this season. Kamara could have made the improvements he needs whilst working with Bielsa in England, whilst providing healthy competition in the centre of midfield.
That is why supporters will likely be unhappy that the 25-year-old is set to stay at Rangers rather than being lured by a move to Elland Road, with the added risk that somebody else could swoop for him further down the line, especially if he improves to a point where he is outside of Leeds’ price range.