Rangers monitoring Brazilian forward as window looms

Rangers monitoring Brazilian forward as window looms
Sporting Lisbon's Brazilian midfielder Matheus Nunes (Front) fights for the ball with Arouca's Brazilian forward Antony Alves Santos during the Portuguese league football match between Sporting CP and FC Arouca at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on March 5, 2022. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP) (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

Rangers have been monitoring young Brazilian attacker Antony Alves despite the 20-year old’s modest numbers for bottom-feeding Primeira Liga side FC Arouca, who sit fourth from the basement in Portugal’s top flight.

2 goals, and no assists in 20 outings for his employers is a weak return, but that’s only 4 starts and in total under 600 minutes of senior football.

We’re not quite sure why we’re looking at this lad, his performance v Santa Clara as a 63rd minute sub wasn’t spectacular – 66% passing average, no shots, and it didn’t get much better v Boavista as a starter. Removed on 70 minutes having completed a modest 63% of his passes, he managed one shot in those 70 minutes, losing the ball 4 times.

What is his position?

He’s an attacker, adaptable to either the left or right and can play centrally too, but doesn’t appear that good at any of them.

At his age, he should be showing a lot of promise, but we’d at best describe him as the Brazilian Michael O’Halloran with little end product and a lot of running around.

Not one we’d want, but then we’re not Giovanni.

We’ll see.

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