As we alluded to earlier, Michael Beale appears to have settled on his front 6 or 7 (or 8) now going forward for Rangers, and they are as follows:
Cyriel Dessers, Antonio Colak, Sam Lammers, Abdallah Sima, Kemar Roofe, Tom Lawrence, Ianis Hagi and Fashion Sakala.
Sales and exits notwithstanding, that appears to the final choice for the front options going into the new season.
As we touched on in previous entries, there is no pure left winger now, albeit returning Tom Lawrence can play there – but he, like, admittedly Kemar Roofe, is a slightly ‘unknown’ quantity given he and the Jamaican basically missed all of last season.
And as such that means Beale is playing a much more dynamic and less formation-rigid system next season. He wants versatile front men, all of whom are capable of regular interchange.
Last season it was all about Kent on the left, Sakala on the right, and Morelos through the middle, with a little variation in there. This isn’t really what Beale actually wanted.
But with this front 6 he has all the versatility in the world to set up as he sees fit for different matches.
Ibrox Noise details now all the flexibility Michael Beale has:
Dessers and Colak the two main front men – both capable finishers, both with good movement, Dessers the clear first choice it appears.
Lammers is less of a goal threat, and much more of a deeper support anchorman – he has skill, we know this, and he’s superb with his feet – Lammers was basically signed as a Ryan Kent replacement, and though the left wing isn’t his forte, he will offer a lot of options behind the striker.
Sima – he’s a right winger by trade but he offers similar to Lammers – the difference being his forte IS the wing so we’ll see him at his best when he goes wide.
And of course we all know what Roofe, Sakala and to an extent Lawrence and Hagi offer.
In short, 8 flexible options for the front three or four spots under Michael Beale. He can be fairly content that he pretty much has what he wanted.