Rangers signing this highly-rated 18-year-old ace would be a smart long-term move by Gerrard

ROCHDALE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Josh Ruffels of Oxford United battles for possession with Kwadwo Baah of Rochdale during the Sky Bet League One match between Rochdale and Oxford United at Crown Oil Arena on January 26, 2021 in Rochdale, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Why Kwadwo Baah would be a good long-term investment for Rangers

According to The Athletic (h/t Glasgow Live), Rangers are among a number of clubs in Europe interested in signing highly-rated Rochdale youngster Kwadwo Baah.

However, Steven Gerrard’s side are expected to face stiff competition in pursuit of the teenage attacker. Premier League outfit West Ham have been credited with an interest while continent giants Bayern Munich and Juventus are also understood to be hot on trail of the youngster. (The Athletic h/t Glasgow Live)

The 18-year-old has caught the eye with his potential in EFL League One this season but is out of contract next summer. That has prompted Rochdale to cash in on the youngster this month to avoid the risk of losing him for nothing at the end of the campaign.

ROCHDALE, ENGLAND – JANUARY 26: Josh Ruffels of Oxford United battles for possession with Kwadwo Baah of Rochdale during the Sky Bet League One match between Rochdale and Oxford United at Crown Oil Arena on January 26, 2021, in Rochdale, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

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Born in Germany to Ghanaian parents, Kwadwo Baah migrated to London as a youngster. He honed his skills in the youth ranks of Crystal Palace. He also spent time at the Kinetic Academy and played one game for Surrey-based outfit Whyteleafe before joining Rochdale in 2019.

The 18-year-old made 10 appearances in all competitions for Rochdale last term but has really come to the fore with some sparkling displays this season. Baah is yet to establish himself as a regular starter at the Spotland Stadium but has contributed with 3 goals and 2 assists in 13 league appearances so far.

Baah has showcased the versatility to operate out wide on either flank and is eligible to represent England, Germany and Ghana at the international level.

ROCHDALE, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: Kwadwo Baah of Rochdale controls the ball watched by Michael Harriman of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Rochdale and Northampton Town at Crown Oil Arena on November 24, 2020 in Rochdale, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

The current state of Rangers attack

Rangers aren’t really short of cover in the final third, especially after the arrival of Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten in the summer. Roofe has established himself as a key player in the set-up with his versatility. Itten, meanwhile, has been restricted to a bit-part role so far. 

Ryan Kent remains an undisputed starter and a standout performer on the left while Gerrard has done well to rotate the likes of Ianis Hagi and Roofe on the other side. Joe Aribo has also filled in on several occasions. Hence, Rangers already have quite a lot of depth in their forward line to compete on multiple fronts.

Having said that, however, the lack of quality alternatives remains a pressing concern for Gerrard moving forward. Jordan Jones is apparently not in the manager’s plans while Greg Stewart and Brandon Barker have offered very little over the past 12 months. Hence, it would make perfect sense for the Gers to weigh up some fresh additions with an eye on the future.

WIGAN, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 15: Kwadwo Baah of Rochdale is tackled by Curtis Tilt of Wigan Athletic during the Sky Bet League One match between Wigan Athletic and Rochdale at DW Stadium on December 15, 2020, in Wigan, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Baah an ideal signing for Rangers?

Rangers have already used the pre-contract method to good effect this month. The Gers have agreed to sign Scott Wright from Aberdeen while Jack Simpson is also set to join Gerrard’s ranks ahead of the 2021-22 campaign. 

While Wright’s inclusion is expected to bolster the club’s forward line, Rangers should continue to look for more quality in the market. Striking a deal for Kwadwo Baah, to that end, would be yet another shrewd piece of business for the Ibrox giants. 

The 18-year-old has shown real promise at Rochdale in the Football League this season. He is not quite the finished article just yet but his early potential certainly points to a bright future in the game. That Baah has attracted interest from elite clubs like Bayern Munich and Juventus speaks volumes. 

Rochdale’s English striker Kwadwo Baah (L) vies with Newcastle United’s English midfielder Sean Longstaff during the English FA Cup third round football match between Rochdale and Newcastle at the Crown Oil Arena in Rochdale, north-west England on January 4, 2020. (Getty Images)

Baah might not be ready to walk into Rangers’ starting XI at the moment but he would represent a useful squad option for sure. The Gers need some upgrades to replace the likes of Barker, Stewart and Jones. The teenager is capable of playing out wide on both flanks and has plenty of room for development.

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All in all, Rangers beating off competition for Kwadwo Baah could pay off handsomely for their long-term plans moving forward.

Written by Sayan Chatterjee

A Premier League enthusiast and an avid follower of the beautiful game.

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