While Cyriel Dessers is getting some much-needed love from Rangers fans after his best 90 in the Rangers shirt, the same, sadly, cannot be said for the unfortunately-hopeless Sam Lammers, who was Rangers’ joint-worst passer on the pitch (along with Sima), and apart from one excellent interception in the first half, sadly struggled again with the role.
Lammers is a good guy, a truly big-hearted gentleman who is desperate to get his utterly stalled career going again, and when Michael Beale made the £3M move to bring him to the biggest club he’s been at aside PSV, Lammers couldn’t have been happier.
Serie A hadn’t worked for him, Germany had been a fail – he was struggling everywhere he went, and going to an ‘easier’ league like the Scottish Premiership but for a big team on a four-year deal he reckoned was the answer to his prayers.
Unfortunately, 2 goals and 2 assists in an admittedly-staggering 28 appearances this season show that for all the faith Beale had in him, and now manager Philippe Clement, Lammers is a really, really bad player these days and we couldn’t even count on one finger the number of even average performances he’s put in.
This is sounding harsh. The guy genuinely works hard – he covers a tonne of grass and puts in a shift off the ball.
But on the ball he is truly, truly poor, and struggles to string a pass or bring the ball under his spell.
And if we look at his numbers last night, they illustrate his plight:
One shot off target, 57% passing, one key pass, two aerials won, 2 dribbles, won a foul, and that one excellent interception in the first half.
What we get is a hard-working grafter who can occasionally weave a run with the ball but can’t do a lot with it, and frequently loses it. He will win a few duels but a bit more is needed than that.
What he basically is is Dessers but deeper and without the goals or assists.
Now, there’s a caveat – Rangers are desperate in his position – Danilo’s out, Todd Cantwell may be unavailable for the weekend and obviously missed last night, and Kieran Dowell is not in favour.
It means Rangers’ options in attack and creative attack are a bit thin.
See, the thing about Lammers is he doesn’t let anyone down – he works hard, there’s nothing really wrong with his decision-making, and he is a big team player.
He’s just really missing quality, whereby he doesn’t really assist or score or have much polish about his performances.
It’s just Clement’s hands were tied last night and he didn’t really have any option aside Lammers, despite fans decrying the decision and asking what the manager was thinking.
And Lammers didn’t cost any goals, but nor did he make any.
He’s just a struggling player who tries his best but unfortunately is very much short of the quality a Rangers player needs at the moment.
But at least he does work hard and maybe somewhere that player who was on fire at Heerenveen is still hiding.
So we find it difficult to absolutely lambast him.
Got to be some reason he’s got 28 appearances, right?