Rangers midfielder finally ‘lays to rest’ mystery over his position

Rangers midfielder finally ‘lays to rest’ mystery over his position
Head coach of Rangers Steven Gerrard gestures during the UEFA Europa League 2nd round, group A match AC Sparta Prague vs Glasgow Rangers in Prague, Czech Republic, on Thursday, September 30, 2021. CTKxPhoto/VitxSimanek CTKPhotoP2021093010106 PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxCZExSVK VIS 013

Juninho Bacuna has finally laid to rest the ‘debate’ about his position by confirming his preferred role. Sort of.

When Steven Gerrard signed the Dutch-born midfielder, he specifically named him as an attacking midfielder, a 10, but the statistics at hand didn’t entirely agree with that and nor did scouting reports from his time with Groningen which quoted him as a defensive midfielder.

When Gerrard then put him in the 6 role v Prague, he seemed to be playing the ex-Huddersfield man as a deep-lying playmaker but Bacuna looked deeply lost in his role and was withdrawn apparently injured before half time.

He’s had a bit of a cooling off period since then, but began Sunday’s win over Ross County on the left of midfield, and post-match finally sort of put to rest where he prefers himself:

“Yeah for me I can play on [at] 10, I can play on 8 position, more in control, I like to have the ball, to build up our attack and then to join that attack and they can see what I did today.”

In other words, Bacuna confirms himself as a hybrid of Gazza and an attacking midfielder, but a more dynamic one with a hint of Gerrard/Lampard whereby he dictates the play deeper in midfield but then makes runs into the attacking third as well.

Defensive midfielder? No.

Attacking midfielder? A little.

Central midfielder? Partially.

All-round versatile midfielder? For sure.

Either way, he’s finding his game now and we can expect to see a lot more of him in the coming months.

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  1. “A hybrid of Gazza & Gerrard/Lampard”


    Could barely score a goal or get an assist in the Dutch league and let go by Championship Huddersfield for a few hundred thousand quid.

    I barely visit this place anymore, ridiculous statements like that and the censoring of valid comments are the 2 main reasons why.

    Peace out and much love.

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