With Rangers’ interest in Belgium star Michy Batshuayi very real indeed, Ibrox Noise wanted to look into his numbers and explain that, yes, this is a top striker.
Not quite, he wouldn’t be on the bench in Turkey if he was that good, but this is a former £40M striker who has lived up to that price tag at most clubs he’s been at, so without further ado, here’s the numbers:
We’ll start at the top:
4 in 18 in the Champions League. It’s not mind-blowing but it’s good. That’s the top level of football.
2 in 5 at the world cup. See above for Champions League.
1 in 3 in the Euros.
15 in 77 in the Premier League. His weakest spell technically speaking but with a massive caveat – that’s in only 21 starts. The rest were all sub appearances.
31 in 71 in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro.
29 in 63 in Turkey.
7 in 10 in Germany.
27 in 53 for his country.
Is he Harry Kane?
Of course not, he wouldn’t be on Fenerbahce’s bench if he was up there as one of the world’s best strikers, but he is clearly a massively-better hitman than anything Rangers have signed for many a year, and we’d be bold enough to say that his CV might be among the very best we’ve ever had up front.
There’s work to do to get him, no one including ourselves at Ibrox Noise will believe a thing till he’s holding the scarf up, but this isn’t an unknown hitman on the fringes of some small club, this is a top-grade world-known striker with a serious pedigree.
We don’t know the details of any offer that we’ve made, be it loan, permanent, short term, whatever it will be, but it’s an absolute game-changer if Rangers can get this one over the line.
And it would be the biggest signing Rangers have made in years.