This is not to be an article slaughtering Cedric Itten, or one slaughtering Steven Gerrard, it’s just a question.
With Livi agreeing a £2M fee with QPR for Lyndon Dykes, and Itten’s average cameos up till now, we’re at a loss as to why:
- 1: Our management decided Dykes wasn’t worth the money.
- 2: They felt a guy who’d never played outside Switzerland was worth more.
Dykes might not be everyone’s absolute favourite, but he knows the way to goal and he’s experienced in our league. He is also match fit and ready.
But for some reason, Rangers thought Cedric Itten, who looks so far a little bit like a carthorse, was a better fit.
His stats yesterday, admittedly only for a 20 minute cameo, were painful:
42% passing average, 11 touches, dispossessed once, lost the ball once, and you probably won’t be shocked to hear no shots whatsoever.
He doesn’t exactly look big, quick, or strong – he looks weak, slow and cumbersome, and while of course we know it’s ‘early days’, frankly we don’t have time to wait. If we’d brought Lyndon Dykes in, at £1M less, we’d have had a ready-to-go striker who knows how to handle the SPL.
We’re not advocating Dykes as the long-term successor for Morelos, but from early signs, we sure as sh*t can’t argue that Itten is.
But this is less about criticising Itten, and more about confusion that a cheaper player who suits the SPL was rejected.
You tell us.