Bring your mind back to last summer and it was perhaps an extraordinary event that Alfredo Morelos remained with the Rangers.
The Colombian had previously admitted that he would be leaving and was specifically courted by the Premier League. However, he eventually stayed with the Light Blues in Ibrox.
Since then he has continued to score 29 goals in all competitions. More incredibly, though, is that it has yet to find the network in 2020.
The 23 year old is a perpetual riddle. In his day, he is a rampant physical beast capable of destroying teams. However, in the worst case, it cuts a frustrated figure who looks slow, lazy and unfortunate in front of the lens.
Unfortunately for the Gers, their first European meeting with Bayer Leverkusen saw the second Morelos appear. In a game in which much depended on the dismissal of their protagonist, it was far from the effervescent presence that we have come to remember in recent years.
The striker was not at his best, offering a performance that characterized his year – one that should leave manager Steven Gerrard quite speechless.
Against the German team on Thursday evening, the Rangers lost 3-1 but it could have been a much more triumphant night if it hadn’t been for individual mistakes. George Edmundson slipped and then in the next phase of the game he left his arm out and gave a penalty.
Morelos, meanwhile, was sloppy at the door. He gave up on two great occasions, one of which came in the second half when he was delightfully placed by James Tavernier. The great international of Colombia has moved away from his marker but instead of shooting beyond the goal, he has tried to catch the goalkeeper in his nearby place – the attempt lacked much conviction, however.
Should Morelos be dropped?
Ryan Kent recently criticized his inconsistent demonstrations a great deal and once again was not convincing against Leverkusen, losing possession 18 times. However, Morelos was the man who deserved the game this time.
Gers ‘ex-man Neil McCann summed things up well: “For a man of Alfredo Morelos’ skills, a couple of chances he had tonight were not difficult. I don’t know where his mind is, but it must be a huge source of frustration for Steven Gerrard. “
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In fact, it is rather difficult to see where his headspace is. Gerrard has already disciplined him in recent weeks for not returning home in time after a trip to Colombia and his lackluster record in this calendar year is a cause for great concern.
The Rangers have 13 points less than Celtic in the SPFL title race, but it seems difficult to imagine how they will narrow the gap. Boss Gers has a big decision about whether to continue playing with him.
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