Friday, 12 July 2019

A millionmillion pound Rangers risk?


In summer 2017 Rangers made a smash-hit signing, one which might not have been quite Messi to Ibrox but was still a qualified international with an extraordinary CV.

80+ cap Portuguese legend Bruno Alves gave up the cushy life in Serie A with Cagliari for the more arctic conditions of Scotland. The former Zenit, Fenerbahce and Porto legend was a sure thing, a guaranteed hit at Ibrox given his immaculate CV – world cups, European Championships and of course a winners’ medal in 2016.

And then he arrived in Glasgow, crumbled at Fir Park on the opening day of the season and it was clear inside 20 minutes this guy was completely out of his depth in the ‘unique’ challenges of the SPL.

Our point?

Fast forward to 2019, and Rangers are, for the second time in two years, plundering Italy’s top flight for a defender – this one is 10 years younger, true, but there are echoes here – he’s giving up a fine life in sunny Italy, and has an excellent CV which screams of a Rolls Royce player, just like Alves’ did.

He’s with a team far better than the bottom-feeding mob Alves was with, and is in fact sacrificing even more than the Portuguese did.

True, there are concerns about his fitness and form, and this one is also four times the cost Alves was, but overall it’s Rangers making a big signing from Serie A, and our track record in the past couple of seasons here isn’t the best.

What is our point here? We’re putting a lot of faith in Stevie to get this one right. This is a big outlay, and while the player’s talent and ability are not in doubt, his fitness and form are.

But Helander himself states, given how well Bologna were doing last season, manager Sinisa Mihajlovic didn’t want to change a winning team. I Rossoblu finished mid table and mostly cycled between Lyanco, Helander and Danilo at the back, with Danilo being the main choice and the other two rotating based on injury, so we’re not sure Helander’s explanation stacks up.

But either way, we know he’s a player, we just hope to hell he’s more Carlos Cuellar than Karl Svensson.

He’s coming at a price which has risk attached given his recent injury and form history. Hopefully that risk comes with sweet reward.

5 comments:

  1. Amoruso, Gascoigne, Negri and the point being just because it didn't work out for Alves doesn't mean it wont work out for Helander just because he is coming from the Serie A.
    You have been pretty vocal recently because Rangers were not spending money now that they do spend money your picking faults. Lets put it this way, i would rather Stevie G was picking the players than you, in Stevie G i have the upmost faith.

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    1. Stevie’s forgotten more about football than we’ve ever learned but we’ve supported Rangers longer and studied the SPL than he has. He knows more than we do but we were the ones who opposed the signings of Ejaria and Grezda and he was the one who brought in Sadiq. We also backed him on Stewart when few else would. Our point? We agree, we’d defer to his knowledge but it doesn’t mean he’s always right or we’re always wrong.

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    2. Well said IN, it's a risk, let's hope it's one worth taking WATP

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    3. Every player is a risk for any number of reasons, form, injury, bad luck, homesickness, attitude, weight of jersey etc. That's not to say we don't try! I usually find Swedes to be hardy types who settle well in other countries.

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  2. I think this lad could be a very good signing as he obviously has the about and the experience . He will have spoken to Tern and Bjorkland for sure so he knows what we are about . He will use it as a chance to get to the EPL . Good signing good scouting again .

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