Bassey joined Rangers from Leicester last summer, with the prospect of more first team football and the ability to play in his favoured left-back position luring him to Ibrox.


Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is said to have seen the 21-year-old as a ball-playing centre-back and Foxes Under-23s manager Beaglehole shares the Northern Irishman’s view.



Beaglehole is of the view that playing as a left centre-back in a back three is Bassey’s best position, having seen him excel in that position during his time at Leicester.


The Leicester Under-23s boss hailed Bassey’s pace, but pointed how defenders tend to be poor at getting into good positions as they rely on their speed.



Beaglehole explained how Harry Maguire has used his positional play to establish himself as a top defender despite not being very pacey and stressed the need for Bassey to work on the same.


I’m still not sure whether that will end up being his best position“, Beaglehole told The Athletic.



It’s probably on the left of a back three — he was outstanding there for me.


He’s quick as anything, which is a great attribute for a centre-back as there will be circumstances where he is the last man and you need that pace.


But what it is with defenders who have got top pace is that they sometimes don’t work hard to get into positions early enough.


Someone like Harry Maguire, people looked at him at 18, 19 and thought he didn’t have enough pace or mobility, so we got him [from Hull City] relatively cheap.


His positional play was exceptional but the flip-side to it, and Bassey is a great example of this, is not getting into good positions as their pace has always got them out of it.”


With Rangers facing injury issues at the back, Bassey was forced to play as a centre-back in the side’s 1-0 defeat to Sparta Prague in the Europa League last month.