And here we are, the big one. The final part of our striker review series, we finally get to the one on everyone’s lips, Mr Danilo Pereira, the £6M mega-hype signing from Feyenoord.
This one took almost all summer, with, again, Ibrox Noise urging caution about how much we were spending on a player with a barely one in three striking rate in the Eredivisie.
Let’s look at his background, and like Cyriel Dessers, his Dutch club record (Ajax, Twente and Feynoord) isn’t bad – in fact it’s pretty good.
Ajax, 9 in 20, and an assist, 14 in 48 at Feyenoord and 4 assists while Twente was 17 goals and 5 assists in 34 appearances.
It’s not stunning, but it’s more than passable, but when we look underneath those numbers it’s more concerning: just 10 in 34 in the league for Feyenoord, just TWO in 10 in the Europa League for them. Ajax? Two in 13 in the league. And that’s his most recent stats.
In short, his peak period, Twente, is quite a while ago and Danilo is another one falling on shorter form.
So Rangers come in, with all the hype about him being an Eredivisie champion, which he is, and contributing to their title, which he did.
But we’re not sure what he’s doing at Rangers. There’s no data to suggest he was needed, and no reason in particular his game was going to suit our club or our league. Yes, there were all the weird Dutch league and Feyenoord omens with he and Cyriel Dessers but that’s neither here nor there.
So how has he done?
Abysmal, unfortunately. He has 9 appearances, with just two goals to his credit, and he’s spent most of his Ibrox career on the bench.
He had a very nice dribble and goal v Morton, but that was honestly the peak of his Rangers career so far, and if the high point is bagging a strike v a dismal Morton, you know you have little to boast of.
He did ok v Livi, we rated him 7, but boy does Danilo just look like the wrong guy at the wrong club completely.
His positioning doesn’t suit him, he’s struggling to string passes and he keeps losing the ball when he does play.
And… yes, he’s missed about four open goal chances already.
He signed for his ‘Champions League Dream’ with Rangers, and was given an open goal v Servette – and absolutely choked it, Alfie-style.
Danilo, sadly, has been £6M down the drain so far, with no real reason why we wanted him.
He could still get better?