Friday, 15 March 2019

"Some haven't" - who is Gerrard meaning?

Steven Gerrard’s concession that a number of his signings haven’t delivered begs the question;


Who is the manager referring to when he hints that despite the lion’s share, in his opinion, of his summer and winter signings delivering, there are a substantial number who didn’t.

Ibrox Noise takes you through the likely candidates:

Gareth McAuley:

This is an interesting one – we rate him highly on the site and his performances have been impressive, but frankly he’s hardly played for injury or favour and we suspect he might be one Gerrard, for some reason, isn’t happy with.

Nikola Katic:

Controversial inclusion but Gerrard’s dumping of him last November doesn’t bode well for his chances under the Anfield legend – he spent £2M on the Croat but lost faith in him and gave his shirt to Joe Worrall instead. While the fans and this site love the kid, we’re not sure if Stevie does?

Borna Barisic:

No one can say with a straight face this guy has delivered. No one.

Jon Flanagan:

Bright start but it dived from there and is not in Gerrard’s plans at all any more. Thankfully a free.

Lassana Coulibaly:

Promising for a while then deteriorated away into nothing, the Mali international will surely be gone this summer. A complete disappointment regardless of potential reasons why.

Steven Davis:

Just not done it since his return, Davis was expected to be a first-team fixture but can barely get on the bench. Just a bad signing even if Stevie gives encouragement to his chances of turning it around.

Eros Grezda:

Barely played, and really only put in about one decent 90 minutes when he’s been fit, Grezda has absolutely bombed to the tune of another £2M.

Kyle Lafferty:

What more do we need to add to this - £700K wasted. He just hasn’t stepped up.

Umar Sadiq:

We probably don’t need to say too much here either.

We suspect Gerrard is being generous saying the majority of his signings worked out. The definite successes in his mind, whether all fans agree or not, are McGregor, Arfield, Goldson, Worrall, Kent, and Kamara – all of whom are absolute first-team fixtures these days. Honourable mention to Defoe who does a bit of a job as a fringe squad member and a nod at Ejaria who Gerrard loved to select but who the fans never took to.

We’d probably word it more accurately as that the majority of his preferred first team-selections have retained their places.

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