The departure of Calvin Bassey remains a bit of a ‘topic’ among Rangers fans, not so much a regular source of conversation but an aspect of reflection given where our defence was, and where it is now.
It’s also telling that Bassey has absolutely failed in Holland, struggling terribly with the upgrade in league, with his weaknesses, which he got away with in the Scottish Premiership and even sometimes in the Europa League, being painfully exposed and subjecting him to a torrent of regular criticism and abuse.
In short, the move didn’t work out for him, and he’s not doing overly great.
Naturally, it would cost far too much to bring him back, it’s a complete non-starter. It’s also not a move we believe Michael Beale would be terribly interested in anyway, because Bassey is absolutely not the kind of defender he likes.
Former Danish international Kenneth Perez is the latest one to take a shot at Bassey, and his criticism also explains why Beale won’t go near even on loan:
Perez is right, Bassey is quick and he’s strong, but that is all he has to his game. On the ball he’s absolutely terrible, and the MOTM stuff in the Europa League final seemed to highlight that he corrected his errors well, rather than the fact he made them in the first place. And Beale loves defenders who can ballplay. Which Bassey can’t.
He is an elephant on the ball, and while he got away with that totally at Ibrox, and even in Europe, in a high-quality league like Holland up against world class teams nearly every week, Bassey is finding himself out of his depth.
At least, in the way he’s being used – it’s just cost the guy who signed him, Shroeder, his job, after Ajax’s atrocious Champions League campaign, much of which was on Bassey as well.
As Perez says, if you want to get the best out of him, he needs a ballplayer next to him while he does the human cannonball stuff like Niko Katic used to. Don’t give him the ball, it’s a hot potato to him.
But for the Rangers fans who ‘knew’ this kid was going places, well, it’s not gone that way. He doesn’t have talent, he’s just a big strong fast guy who can stop people by sheer force. The finesse of defending is a bit beyond him.
And for Rangers to get £23M for him was a job very well done indeed.