Former Rangers forward, Kris Boyd, has defended Alfredo Morelos as he continues to be liked with a move to the Premier League.
So what has Boyd said?
When asked about the perception that Morelos’ link up play isn’t as good as it could be, Boyd replied:
“You can’t find goalscorers, it’s a dying breed in the game of football. A lot of people will question his link-up play, I don’t think it’s as bad as a lot of people make it out to be”.
“He’s definitely a handful, he works his socks off, he’s tireless, he’s a nuisance to defenders. Even if he’s not scoring you know you’re in a game of football. It’s a question that remains to be seen”.
“There’s strikers up the road who have come down and it’s a big step but I think he could be different because he’s got that mentality. I look at myself, my thing was goalscoring, maybe not contributing a lot more. This guy has got everything”.
“It’s the exact same as Odsonne Edouard, it’s so much more than goalscoring ability. I think the way he (Morelos) plays the game, the way he annoys defenders, but you don’t want him to go because he’s crucial to anything Rangers are going to do”.
So is Boyd correct?
The ex-Rangers striker is correct, Morelos is excellent at chasing lost causes or converting a dead ball into a chance – either for himself or a team mate – through sheer doggedness and determination.
Not only does Morelos have 28 goals in 35 games this season but he also has 9 assists and has 28 in total since he arrived at the Ibrox club, he is crucial to the teams’ hopes of silverware this season and ending Old Firm rivals, Celtic’s dominance of Scottish football.
Morelos has shown in the Europa League that being isolated isn’t a hindrance to his performances, he finished the group stages as top goal scorer and as the first ever player to score 14 goals in European competition before Christmas, probably the most attractive facet to his game for a Premier League side is how he thrives on the responsibility of carrying a team.
Is Alfredo Morelos underrated by the Scottish media?
The Colombian has improved every season he has been at the Gers and will no doubt go on to the next level should he secure a move to a suitable Premier League or elite continental side, but only after he has delivered silverware to the Light Blues, of course.