Bassey not ready for Premier League move, ex-Scotland man says

Former Celtic and Scotland striker Frank McAvennie is refusing to jump on the Calvin Bassey train and has stated that he is not ready for a Premier League switch.

Bassey has been the revelation of the just concluded Scottish Premiership season. His performances have drawn the interest of a number of Premier League clubs. The most linked is Aston Villa, managed by former Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, the man who gave Bassey his big break at Rangers.

McAvennie's latest comments come after stating that Rangers were over their heads in placing a £25 million price tag on Bassey and hitting out at the comparisons to Scotland's golden boy Kieran Tierney.

The former Scotland international believes that the 22-year-old needs more time with Rangers as he will be exposed if he makes the switch to the Premier League.

“Can he go in and play in the Premier League right now? No,” McAvennie said. “I don’t think he is good enough for the Premier League. If Gerrard is buying him, it’s because he has done a job in Scotland.

“England is a whole different game. He’s muscle-bound but if he comes up against someone like Jack Grealish he will get ripped apart.

“I’m sorry to say that Bassey but that’s the truth. Another year up with Rangers and maybe he might be ready. At this moment in time, the brutal truth is he’s not good enough.”

Former Juve midfielder calls on club to sign Osimhen

Elsewhere, Victor Osimhen has been touted to Juventus by their former midfielder Mohammed Sissoko.

Osimhen has been another revelation in European football this season especially. Despite a three-month spell on the sidelines, he ended up as Napoli's top scorer and was crowned the best under 23 player in the 2021/22.

A host of clubs are interested in his services and there is likely to be a bidding war for his signature in the summer among the interested parties. Sissoko, however, is prodding his former side to take the initiative and go after the Nigerian.

The Bianconeri currently employ Dusan Vlahovic but could lose Alvaro Morata in the summer. As a result, they have prioritised another attacking signing in the summer. Sissoko wants the Bianconeri to unite the two scariest strikers in Serie A to help them return to the summit of Italian football.

“Victor [Osimhen] without a doubt,” Sissoko said when asked who Juventus should sign as Morata's replacement. “He is the right player for Juve, there are other young and strong players but Osimhen is devastating. I hope that Juve will have a strong player and that he will be a champion.”

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 weeks ago

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