Why Rangers cannot let go of Alfredo Morelos in January
According to a report in Sky Sports, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has warned clubs who are interested in Alfredo Morelos that the striker is not for sale. The player was a subject of a £8m bid from Chinese side Beijing Renhe last January but the Gers resisted that bid.
The Colombian has made a great start to this season, which means there will be interest from clubs in Europe or elsewhere. Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister anticipates the aforementioned scenario to take place once the transfer window reopens in a few days time. (Sky Sports)
Gerrard has stated that he will respect the offers coming from the clubs, but he remains resolute regarding the 22-year-old’s future. Here’s why the Rangers hierarchy should support their manager’s choice and help him resist all the incoming offers for Alfredo Morelos.
Morelos is a striker Rangers could do with
Morelos has been the main man up top for the Gers. He has already netted 11 goals in 17 league appearances and four in two League Cup bows. If we analyse what he brings to the team on and off the ball, it makes us wonder why Gerrard is adamant to keep the Colombian in his team.
The 22-year-old is a real menace for the defenders. He works hard without the ball and presses the opposition centre-backs if they try to pass the ball from the back. The striker possesses the propensity to make probing runs in behind and invite his midfielders to find him with through passes or balls over the top.
Morelos has great pace with the ball to accelerate past defenders. He also has a fabulous sprint speed that helps him to be a real threat on the counter-attacks, something which is a necessity in modern-day football. He has enough physicality to muscle the centre-backs when required and use his dribbling skills to open up space for a shot or a key pass.
Finally, if given a chance in front of the goal, the Colombian is ruthless, just like a proper number nine should be in a team. No wonder a legend of the calibre of Gerrard understands the qualities that Morelos brings to his Rangers team.
The club did a fantastic job by agreeing on a contract extension with the player back in September. Now, they have to just resist the offers next month and help the manager in winning games by using the striker.