Leicester City signing this in-form Rangers star would solve a key issue for Brendan Rodgers

Why Leicester City should revive their interest in Alfredo Morelos

According to Bleacher Report (h/t Leicestershire Live), Premier League side Leicester City have reignited their interest in Rangers FC striker Alfredo Morelos ahead of the January transfer window.

The Colombian hitman has been in red-hot form this season, scoring 22 goals from 26 games across all competitions.

His scintillating display in front of the goal has once again caught the attention of the Foxes, who were interested in making a move for the 23-year-old in the summer.

Meanwhile, Leicester City have had an incredible start in the league so far. Their recent 2-0 win over Arsenal has elevated them to the second spot and are right behind leaders Liverpool.

Leicester City are now second behind leaders Liverpool in the English top division.
Leicester City are now second behind leaders Liverpool in the English top division. (Getty Images)

Manager Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes are flying high with experienced campaigner Jamie Vardy doing the bulk of the scoring, as he leads the top-scorers’ chart with 11 goals this season.

As of now, things have gone according to plan for Rodgers but an injury or dip in form might change the whole scenario.

It would be safe for him to have a back-up striker in his ranks in case such a situation arises.

Leicester forward Kelechi Iheanacho has not been in the best of forms recently.
Leicester forward Kelechi Iheanacho has not been in the best of forms recently. (Getty Images)

Rodgers has former Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho in his squad but the Nigerian has been far from impressive of late.

The 23-year-old has not featured in a single league game this season and has made only two Carabao Cup appearances, scoring twice.   

Summer signing Ayoze Perez also plays upfront but the former Celtic boss has often opted to play him on the right wing.

Leicester's summer signing Ayoze Perez.
Leicester’s summer signing Ayoze Perez. (Getty Images)

Of the total 13 games he has played, Perez has started eight times on the right side and all his three goals came from that position.

This leaves Rodgers with no option but to dig into the market and search for more attacking options to keep up the momentum.

At 23, Columbian star Morelos certainly has a bright future ahead of him.

Morelos (left) in action against FC Porto in the Europa League encounter.
Morelos (left) in action against FC Porto in the Europa League encounter. (Getty Images)

The Rangers striker, who has nine goals to his name in the Scottish Premiership this season, also excelled last year. He hit a total of 30 goals and provided 11 assists in all competitions.

The Ibrox hitman’s rise to stardom within Rangers’ ranks has been quick but there is no denying the Columbian’s ability to find the back of the net.

In his first season with Rangers, Morelos announced his arrival with 18 goals and 8 assists for the Scottish side.

Rangers striker Morelos tries a shot in their match against FC Porto.
Rangers striker Morelos tries a shot in their match against FC Porto. (Getty Images)

Since his arrival from Finnish side HJK Helsinki in 2017, the South American has scored a whopping 70 goals from a total of 117 appearances for Rangers.

Alfredo’s impressive performances in the attack have been of immense help to Steven Gerrard’s side, as they are now level with defending champions Celtic at 31 points.   

Verdict

Gerrard, who plays with a 4-3-3 formation, has often deployed the Columbian on the wings too, depending on the game’s requirements.

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His versatility and pace have often come handy for the former Liverpool player. And Rodgers, who also favours a similar 4-3-3 approach, can thus make maximum use of the Columbian.

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Written by Siddharth Suresh

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