Thursday, 17 January 2019

Does potential £6M ‘error’ suggest Stevie needs to learn?



As we alluded to earlier with the Joe Worrall entry, we’re still not 100% happy a player from another team is being selected in general over the one our manager paid good money for. Nikola Katic really must feel utterly rejected by Steven Gerrard, given the reasons he’s been dropped.

But the wider picture of his exit from first-team affairs at Ibrox is only part of the puzzle – the manager spent £6M (over half) of Rangers’ summer budget on players from the Croatian league who have given us a combined total of 51 appearances of a possible 114 (give or take based on when Grezda & Barisic) signed), and we have to say it’s not really looking like money well spent yet.

Katic impressed us but for whatever reason Gerrard dropped him and he no longer plays. It had appeared a wise £2M but we’re not sure what’s happened there.

Meanwhile Borna Barisic has shown fleeting glimpses of his delivery (which is a torpedo, frankly) and general quality but cannot maintain fitness long enough to establish himself. He appeared a brilliant use of £2M especially given how well he impressed against us with that famous bandage in Croatia, but as time has gone on, not so much.

And Eros Grezda started to come onto something of a game, having a great time against Motherwell, but when he does start, he seems to get used by his team mates the least amount and just cannot seem to get a starting place half as much as we’d expect. The £20M claim about him does look absurd at this point.

Which leaves us rather wondering what it was all about. Gerrard signed Katic and he became a mainstay – the boss then raided Croatia again twice but here we are in January and none of that £6M seems especially well spent. Even if we account for Barisic’s unfortunate injury problems, it still leaves £4M – Katic has been basically dumped, and Grezda was signed amidst injury problems in the first place – and when fit doesn’t seem to be doing enough to impress his manager anyway.

Indeed, as a side issue, the most effective summer signings Gerrard made were most of the frees. Arfield, McGregor, hopefully McAuley and the loan of Kent.

The significant money spent just hasn’t worked out – Lafferty has struggled, Murphy got badly injured, and only Connor Goldson (of all the fees paid) has looked fairly decent for the sum spent on him – and even he is not universally praised by all fans.

This isn’t meant to be a piece slaughtering Gerrard or his signings – because the Old Firm win dramatically changed things and hopefully it continues onto tomorrow’s return to domestic action v Cowdenbeath.

But our spending has to get wiser – when barely £3M of over £10M seems to be well-spent at this point, it’s not good value.

And it’s not really that shocking that January’s additions have all been at no cost at all.

8 comments:

  1. Katic is young and is def one for the future, Barasis is unlucky, but will be a star with Gers, imo, and Grezda will come good! I think you're nitpicking!

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    1. Absolutely agree. £6m doesn't really buy much these days but Barasic alone could recoup all of that money.

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  2. Seem to remember Gerrard saying that the fees quoted for Katic and Barisic were much higher than we actually paid , so maybe not as big a gamble as stated .Katic showed enough to see that he will be player for us over time and Barisic got injured ditto Murphy, shit happens ! All three are good buys .Lafferty was a cheap back up which hasn`t really worked out, but the only one who has looked out of his depth is Grezda , but its early days and he wouldn`t be the first player to start badly and go on to become a mainstay in the side . S.G had to build a whole new squad in the summer so the law of averages would say, some won`t work out .

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    1. Agree again. Just look at the players signed by EPL clubs for £40m or thereabouts who never quite cut it. Some work, some don't.

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  3. Gerrard said he spent between 4.5 and 5.5 million all in. If we assume he got 2.5 million for the only player we got any meaningful money for and another 800 thousand for the left back to Swansea, then clearly the papers are talking shit about how much we paid for our signings. You have to remember we don't have an unbiased media we have a mhedia that is infested with puddle drinkers, that love to focus on anything bad about our team.

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  4. Give the guys a chance. Barisic has been unfortunate nowhere near being a dud.
    Katic started well but was playing poorly before being left out, that coupled with his fathers health issues . This is a lot for a young guy in a foreign country to contend with. Perhaps stevie is managing the situation by leaving him out of the limelight for now.
    Grezda has been mostly poor and not strong enough on the ball. Again he needs time as a young player to acclimatise to Scottish football.
    Furthermore stevie commented before on reports on fees paid for these players as inaccurate.

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  5. Great point and stats ibrox noise right behind you on all of what you said mate WATP.

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  6. Disagree, its easy to see Barasic has class, hes been very unlucky with injuries, same can be said for Grezda, remember when we bought him he was coming off a bad injury, hes been in and out the team without any decent run or without injury, i find it hard to criticize spending the money with the bad luck those 2 have had, Katic has decent potential as we have seen, young lad having family problems in a foreign country, i think he will come good again.

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