Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan turned his attentions to Rangers in recent days, and he believes that it’s only a matter of time before we cash in on a ‘stupid’ offer for star striker Alfredo Morelos.
With football paused at this moment in time owing to the Coronavirus concerns, that certainly doesn’t stop the transfer speculation and pundits giving, their often unqualified thoughts, on the futures of certain players and it goes without saying that given his goalscoring record for us, the Colombian international is prime pickings for that.
Speaking to Football Insider recently, Whelan had a novel take on why we could cash in – he feels Morelos has now proven that he’s not mature enough to play at Ibrox given his disciplinary record.
A disciplinary record that has markedly improved this season and fans will be aware (across all competitions) his record in 2019/20 46 games, 29 goals, 10 yellow cards and two red cards.
In 2018/19 that was (internationals included), 55 games, 31 goals, 19 yellow cards and 5 red cards.
Whelan seems blindly unaware of that stark improvement in his discipline and if anything, rather than showing the 23-year-old doesn’t have the maturity to play at Ibrox, it actually shows he’s maturing perfectly, despite being a natural firebrand.
“They’ll be looking to push Celtic further next year so that’s going to cost money as well. I’d be expecting to see Morelos leave. I think if somebody comes in with a stupid offer, I’d be grasping at it because I don’t think he’s the right character. Yes, he’s got talent but I think sometimes you’ve got to cut a person loose to benefit the rest of your squad. I would probably say £25-30million would be enough.”
£25/30million as a transfer fee is certainly in the right ballpark area for our Board to sit down and at least think about the question, but implying he’s not the ‘right character’ is just lazy. Few fans would argue Morelos is perfect, but it’s that edge that makes him different and effective, and the important bit is he is improving – whilst still being harshly judged on the pitch.
If he was going backwards and getting worse, Whelan might have a point. But he’s not, so on that front, he doesn’t.
Does Whelan Have A Point?
Yes, He Costs Us Too Often
No Chance, He's Starting To Grow Up
Doesn't Matter - £30m Takes The Choice Out Of Our Hands