Sunday, 9 September 2018

Alfredo Morelos and the open goal


After yet more horror misses on the big stage, we are beginning to wonder when Alfredo Morelos, aged 22, goes past the ‘polish out the rough edges’ and ‘developing’ stages and enters the ‘that’s just the way he is’ point.

His miss on his debut for his country rather summed up the goalscoring contribution he’s made on the biggest stages since signing for Rangers. He has goals against Hibs, Hearts and Aberdeen, true, plus a couple in the Europa League v Osijek and Maribor, but unfortunately Morelos is making a bigger reputation for choking on the big stage than anything else. Other than his red cards, that is.

It is evident when we look at ex-Celtic striker Moussa Dembele and his development cycle (they’re the same age) that the now-Lyon front man is generally away ahead of his Colombian counterpart. Goals in the Champions League and goals aplenty against Rangers give some idea of why Lyon paid big for him, and why he is likely to play for France.

That said, Alfredo has something over him already – an international cap. Alas, his international display was something of a farce with an ‘assist’ off his backside and an open goal miss, and once again he is in the press threatening to make amends for that.

Which is what he does every time this happens.

We don’t want this article to sound like a complete smear on the boy – manager Steven Gerrard has called him Rangers’ best player more than once – not necessarily an assessment we’d entirely agree with but one we understand – when on his game he really does offer the team a tonne. Hard work behind the box, linking play up, winning a tonne of fouls and dragging defenders away from team mates – a lot of this good stuff goes unsung and it would be extremely unfair to overlook them.

However, his currency is goals – he has, in his defence, been pretty regular this season as a goalscorer, much to some fans’ ‘chagrin’ protesting ‘he can’t supply ALL the goals’. And that has merit. But equally managing to deliver on the big stages – such as for his country and against Celtic are the ones all Rangers players are measured on. And so far this 22-year old has come up short in that department.

We’re never quite sure how to assess Alfredo Morelos. One red card in one match sees him singlehandedly dominating a defence in another, a dreadful open goal miss in another sees a crucial goal which makes the difference, a stupid piece of attitude and petulance in another match sees a hat trick in others.

It goes on and on. The good parts of Morelos’ game are very good – make no mistake. But unfortunately, as he ages, he’s failing to iron out the gaffes and mistakes which punctuate his career.

We don’t want to remember Alfredo Morelos as the striker who couldn’t score against Celtic.

Hopefully Gerrard will find a way to polish this rough gem before it’s too late and his flaws are part of him.


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14 comments:

  1. Like the majority of the support I love Morelos, we all love a player who works hard, gives his all and shows passion in a rangers top. However, when it comes to scoring goals he doesn't fill me with confidence. When you look at mccoist, Negri, prso, Novo, jelavic, boyd they scored plenty goals but they scored a variety of goals eg tap ins, long range strikes, chips/lobs, overhead 1 on 1s etc natural finishers. I don't remember Morelos scoring from outside the box, no chips, no top corner. Has there ever been a goal you thought "what a goal"? I'm not slating him, he offers so much, he's strong, holds the ball up, deceptively quick and will get a number of goals but he's not a natural goal scorer. He either has to play in a partnership or we take a good offer for him and sign a goal scorer.

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    1. I'm old enough to remember mccoist first 2 seasons and believe me he was awful. Love him to bits but he couldn't hit a barn door for 2 year believe me. So patience may be required

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  2. And no way is he our best player! Gerrard trying to build his confidence there I think.

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  3. I think once he breaks his duck in the big pressure games he will kick on goal scorers are a fickle bunch.

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  4. He's McCoist 2 - Nothing to see here folks... Move along now...

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    1. explain? as the two cant be mentioned in the same breath, i wait with intrigue.

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  5. He's not hit his peak yet for sure. I expect him to do better this year. For one thing he will be more acclimatised to the culture and the weather. I'm sure he'll see a lot of development over the next 2 years and he'll no doubt grow up a little too.

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  6. said it many times before, want him to prove me wrong.1 in every 5 is not enough, not to mention the non existent threat against (them).i trust the manager, but the loyalty sometimes can be misguded? I feel a man down when we play (them).

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    1. Scooby, 1 in every 5? he scores more than that, quite a bit more in fact

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  7. He's terminally hit-and-miss, in my opinion and that, is NOT a good thing for a striker to be. Funny, his big goal scoring always coincides with us, playing little teams. He never scores against Celtic. Which is when it counts. We should sell him, right after he bangs some goals in January, hopefully. Get ourselves a reliable goal scorer, just like Dembele, who I hate to admit, CAN bang in goal after goal.

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    1. Morelos scored 18 goals last season compared to Dembele's 16. And Alfredo has 6 this season compared to Dembele's 3. I'm afraid you are believing the hype coming out of the San Giro.
      Only today one of the finest strikers in the game, Radamel Falcao, is tipping Morelos for stardom.

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    2. He's also scored 0 CL and youth international goals compared to dembele having around 25...

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  8. We have a striker who will get 25-30 goals a season. What do we want?Alfredo will do for me.

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  9. Alfredo will get us 20-30 goals a season and Laff will get a Few as well.

    And like Vony Tidmar Commented, Once hes got a Goal against Bigger Opposition He will Settle and score Regularly against Bigger Opposition

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