21 goals and assists? Quite simply ludicrous

21 goals and assists? Quite simply ludicrous
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 01: James Tavernier of Rangers and Calvin Bassey of Rangers celebrate at full time after the UEFA Europa League play-off match between Rangers and Galatasaray at Ibrox Stadium on October 01, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When James Tavernier scored yet another two goals, the Bradford-born right back not only soared to the top of the club scoring charts, but that of the country too, and not only that, but he’s joint top for assists as well.

The club captain, 29, is enjoying quite clearly his best spell in football, period, and we do recall making that point some many weeks ago, and being mocked by at least one of our readers for doing so.

Instead, Tavernier has grown from strength to strength, and has improved under this manager especially during this campaign in ways fans would never have believed and even Stevie Gerrard might have not expected.

His stats are just ridiculous:

8 SPL goals. 6 assists. Top of both charts.

Total goals for the season 12, and assists 9.

His numbers this season are into the mind-blowing region, because while the assists are extraordinary for a RB, the goals are just stupid.

Yes, we know, a lot of them are penalties – five of his SPL goals are pens, and one of his UEL goals is, but does that matter?

A goal is a goal however it’s scored, and in fact we could praise the man for being this insanely clinical from the spot.

However, if you add his performances on the pitch outwith goals and assists, there’s a case to say he’s by a distance the most dramatically improved player in the country, and a strong contender for player of the year already.

His contribution to this club in 20/21 has been breathtaking, and it’s no surprise whatsoever he won player of the month for September.

To have a total of 21 goals and assists by early November is quite simply absurd.


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  1. I agree with the sentiment but penalties DO matter. It’s an argument I’ve used often in the past as to why we don’t sign Sam Cosgrove. Anyone can score penalties. If Tav didn’t take them then someone else would.

    • You’re correct Rob, they DO matter. Which is why we’re lost as to why you say this here yet elsewhere you use penalties as a stick to beat Lyndon Dykes with?

      • You’ve misunderstood. I meant they do matter in the sense that they carry less weight than goals from open play and in that sense have to be considered when you assess someone’s record. That’s why we have to consider that when we look at players like Dykes and Cosgrove. I would worry if we signed a striker like Cosgrove for scoring 20 goals a season if 13 of them were penalties. Especially when you’ve got a full back who could’ve scored those penalties.

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