Yesterday we analysed a bit of Rangers’ European squad, the omissions of Ridvan Yilmaz and Leon Balogun a big talking point, especially the Turk.
We didn’t even touch on the absence of Kieran Dowell, which is a massively scathing swipe at him from manager Michael Beale, or an admission from the boss the ex-Norwich man was yet another error of a signing. We don’t buy the injury angle here because plenty of players with major injury history are included.
Ibrox Noise looked at Dowell in huge depth earlier this summer, and we were deeply unimpressed by the calibre of player this manager was bringing in the form of the attacking midfielder, a guy who, yes, had 20+ Premier League appearances, but had little real CV aside this of note to speak about.
He is a Championship midfielder, and he’s been bang average or worse since arriving – his one decent display was against a rank average Hamburger who admittedly sit atop the Bundesliga B table but seem some distance off making the step up to the Bundesliga.
Aside that, his performances have been uniformly average at best and downright poor at worst – thankfully he was a free signing. In a recent vote on Ibrox Noise, fans overwhelming voted that he’d indeed been average.
We warned on Ibrox Noise against this signing – that comparisons with Todd Cantwell, that many ‘in Beale we trust’ types were claiming proved this signing’s quality, were completely invalid because Cantwell’s CV was infinitely superior.
Cantwell had a market value around £40M a couple of years ago, the highest Dowell ever got was £3M.
They’re a class apart in quality, even if Cantwell hasn’t quite shone as brightly this season as he did last.
No, the addition of Dowell was poor – a mediocre midtable Championship player who added nothing to Rangers and now he’s been axed as the only ‘new’ signing (is Leon Balogun ‘new’) Beale made this summer not to make the Europa League squad.
That’s one damning indictment.
As we say, thank goodness we didn’t pay a transfer fee for him.
He’s squad fodder v St Mirren at best. That’s the most flattering thing we can say about him.