Sunday, 17 November 2019

Glen Kamara and the January sales



So there’s some talk in the press and among sources that Glen Kamara is vulnerable to a January sale.

Word of his sale to accommodate the potential signing of Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson is one angle, but whatever position you fit in, what exactly is the importance of the Finnish international to Steven Gerrard and his Rangers reign?

Let’s face it, he was a little slow to get going last season – it’s always tough for January signings to fit in, and it took him till the split to make his mark.

But he did, and then some. He started to look a real multi-million asset (we all remember what a role he played in the Celtic win at Ibrox), and having been signed from Dundee for around £65,000 this was a hell of a profit and even more of a hell of a steal.

He looked a 100% Stevie favourite and would be the part this season.

It hasn’t *quite* worked out that way.

He’s by no means been awful, but by his own mouth he’s not been great, and he believes that’s why he’s been in and out of the team.

He has certainly not matched last season’s peaks, but also isn’t being helped by mostly being played as a defensive midfielder, which is not the position he excels in so efficiently for with his country.

For the Finnish nationals, he’s more of an attacking midfielder, and in matches where he gets a little more freedom to play like that for Rangers, he does do a fair bit better.

But the question is how important is he now for his manager?

Let’s look at some numbers:

This season he’s played 20 matches of 29, which is solid, and clearly heavily involved, but not as involved as an outright favourite like James Tavernier, Connor Goldson or Allan McGregor has managed.

In terms of performance, we could look at the competition he’s featured the most in – Europa League (he’s only played 6 of 12 SPL matches):

While his passing percentage v Porto in both matches was an incredible 98% and 92.5% respectively and he managed 2 key passes in all that, strangely his statistical attainment overall in the competition isn’t quite so hot and he doesn’t manage usurp either Steven Davis or Ryan Jack in terms of contribution.

The boy has talent, no question, but it’s a case of playing him where his strengths are best exploited – Finland seem to do this slightly better than Rangers right now, but as we’ve said before, there is simply no space to play Kamara higher up with Jack, Arfield and Aribo hogging those slots.

And his competition in DM is Steven Davis.

While we’d rather keep the ex-Arsenal youth kid, if a good offer does come in this January he’s one that might be seen as sellable.

We’ll see.


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8 comments:

  1. I agree that while we are blessed in the midfield area, we are heavy in the AM department. But you only need an injury to change that, given that with our schedule we don't want people playing every game.
    Against that, we have to make some space for young players to grow into and we may need funds to strengthen areas of the pitch not as blessed with talent. Specifically Striker where we have a player on fire such that it is unlikely that we can keep him and a player who although good is coming to the end of his career.
    But I am confident that SG and his team have done their sums and looked at what is out there. And I hope the days of cheap sales are gone.
    RTID

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  2. Keep him and if he has a good euro's we'll get top dollar same as borna.

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  3. I think Glen could be 'sacrificed to fill an 11 million pound sized hole, in our finances.

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  4. No logic to selling a player and replacing him with a less gifted 1. If we get 8m for him we dont go buying ferguson an average SPL player

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    1. I have my doubts about buying ANY SPL player as the standard of player is generally poor. I'm usually happy to see Ceptic sign SPL players because I know we can handle them. Maybe Ferguson could be an exception. I really don't see enough of him to be sure.

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  5. At the end of the day we have to start turning over a profit from player sales. I like Glen he is a gifted footballer but at the end of the day I would rather see rangers getting stronger financially keep morels sell Glen only if the price is over 6mll.

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  6. Good God sell Kamara and replace him with Ferguson?
    Do U want to win 55 ffs

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  7. He's the successor for Davis in the next couple of years.

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