Having babbled on about the underwhelming Cyriel Dessers and the hopeless Abdallah Sima, we turn our Ibrox Noise noses over to another controversial summer signing.
Yes, Rangers’ addition of Sam Lammers was very much under the spotlight as a big Michael Beale capture, with the Dutch striker having had a stinking time in football for the best part of the past five years.
His Dutch Eredivisie days (with loan club Heerenveen, not PSV, he was close to useless at PSV then got injured on his return) were solid – 19 goals and 5 assists in 31 outings, but that stuff is 5 years ago and he’s been, to coin a blunt adjective, abysmal since then.
For the last 5 years it’s a ridiculous 9 goals in 83 appearances, which is dog-awful frankly, for a striker.
He did indeed have Europe alight way back when, and a lot of clubs were in for him after his Heerenveen days, including his parent club PSV, and they took him back expecting big things from him. Sadly, it collapsed spectacularly.
Beale claims we tried to get him back then but his price was too high – but now his stock is literal garbage Rangers were able to afford the £2.5M Atalanta charged to get this fail off their hands – they wrote £5.5M off just to give him away.
So we’ve slaughtered him here, absolutely ripped him apart.
And yet, strangely, we actually do like this guy – we see potential in his character, and he’s shown a lot of poise and culture in preseason.
However, while we thought he was slightly better than many gave him credit for v Killie, he most definitely was absolutely atrocious v Servette.
The miss of an open goal about summed up why so many clubs have ditched him.
He is clearly, absolutely and utterly not the player PSV thought they’d signed, he absolutely is the player we thought (Ibrox Noise) we’d signed, and while we’re not totally writing him off, when it’s completely mattered in competitive football, he’s fallen considerably short.
And that’s why Atalanta wrote him off.
As we say, we do like him more than most, he has more energy than a lot of players, and he’s shown a bit in preseason (but so did Rabbi Matondo eh?) but in the serious stuff he’s delivered what Ibrox Noise and many sceptical fans expected him to.
The system doesn’t help – Michael Beale is playing him as a right winger most of the time, but when it comes to missing an open goal, we don’t need another Alfredo Morelos thank you.
Unfortunately, so far he’s another dunce.