Early season Rangers review of the new strikers – part 1, Sam Lammers

Early season Rangers review of the new strikers – part 1, Sam Lammers
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sam Lammers of Rangers reacts after he rounds Joe Hart of Celtic only to miss during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on September 03, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There is a lot being made of Rangers’ misfiring attack as signed by manager Michael Beale. He made the curious call to bring the four new front men in and has not been rewarded with the performances he expected.

In this series Ibrox Noise takes a look at all four of the attack in turn, and assesses their displays around 14 matches into this new season, inc friendlies.

In this entry, we begin with the first one. Sam Lammers.

So Lammers’ career was strong at Heerenveen – PSV took him back due to Lammers’ domestic stats with his loan side – 19 goals and 5 assists in 31, but unfortunately the Dutchman immediately sustained a severe injury in the preseason on his return and ended ruled out of the whole campaign bar the final 7 matches. He managed two goals and an assist.

Realising he was a broken player now, PSV sold him with glee for £8M to Atalanta in summer 2021, and it only continued to decline further for him. Loan spells at Empoli, Eintracht and Sampdoria told their own stories as the striker could only net a further 7 goals in 4 years on his PSV exit, and the Italians decided to write him off.

Rangers and Michael Beale came in and Atalanta were able to ship him off at a £5.5M loss.

So where is he now?

The guy actually has a touch of composure on the ball – he’s good at dribbling (managing a few at Killie) and he’s got a bit of hunger about him, but there’s a big reason a 26-year-old striker was sold by Ata at a massive financial loss to them. He’s absolutely hideous up front, with his big moment v Celtic summing up where he falls short.

When he plays a bit deeper he does actually show a bit about him, but the bread and butter of a striker is scoring goals and offering threat in the final third. Lammers just doesn’t do this – he’s too easy to play against, because all the fancy footwork in the world doesn’t put the ball in the net.

He’s managed 13 shots in the league, but sadly just that one single goal v Livi rather sums up his decline.

He seems a likeable guy, but absolutely the wrong man to try and help Rangers – we honestly have no idea what he’s doing at our club, other than the misguided nonsense of the wide-eyed manager reckoning this busted flush was the right guy to take Rangers forward.

This may sound harsh on Lammers, he has certainly tried, but he’s just not up to it.

He was half decent in preseason, but the proof of the pudding is always when the action becomes serious.

And on that level he’s fallen painfully short, as looked obvious when we were signing him.

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  1. I really wanted to like this guy and hes probably the best out of the Sima, Danilo, Dessers, we all hoped he would gain back his Herenveen form but sadly not, i hope he turns things around but im nout betting on it.

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