Rangers appear to have replaced departed striker Alfredo Morelos with a slightly surprising choice in a £4M move for relegated Cremonese striker Cyriel Dessers, 28.
The impressive hitman, with some solid numbers for most of his career, has strangely never really registered on big clubs’ radar, despite his decent return at every club:
7 goals, 2 assists in 29 for a team going down in Serie A, 36 in 93 for three different Dutch sides, and 3 in 3 for Genk this season, with an assist.
He’s maybe not Erling Haaland but the Nigerian international (4 caps, one goal) appears to be Rangers’ choice to replace the outgone Colombian and his form the past two seasons is why Rangers have moved for him:
Those aforementioned numbers in Italy last season, the numbers we also mentioned for Genk, plus an excellent season for Feyenoord the season before, 20 in 41 and 4 assists including European goals.
In short, he knows where the net is, and Rangers have apparently decided he’s our man going forward.
What kind of striker? Well he’s over 6ft, but he’s not exactly a big physical unit – he’s very much back to goal and reading the play coming in – think Morelos but a lot more composed and infinitely more refined – and infinitely better physique than the stocky and eventually pudgy former Ibrox striker.
He’s quick, he’s powerful, and makes good use of space to find running lines, while being a great teammate who links up well with others and finds ways to bring them in. But crucially?
He’s got the finishing skill of Antonio Colak.
His career is quite similar to the Croat – he’s found a few clubs where he’s really thrived at, others not so much, but he seems to be a kind of hybrid of the best of both Morelos and Colak.
Dessers is another one who hasn’t quite found the right place to be yet, and Michael Beale appears to be hoping the Nigeria international will find that at Ibrox.
We’ll find out in the coming days if the hitman secures the move.