So it turns out Sam Lammers should never have left Holland.
The on-loan Rangers striker is much-improved back in the Eredivisie, having had a whale of a match against our old mates PSV, with an assist and a strong display all round in that one.
He struggled a little on his debut but having now settled back into home, Lammers is now catching up on 4 to 5 years of lost career having made the bad call to switch Holland for Italy.
It’s safe to say his Italian adventure was a disaster, and he struggled badly to settle at any club in Serie A, and did even worse at Eintracht in Germany.
In short, he isn’t capable of top 5 European leagues.
He also wasn’t capable of the pressure of PSV, hence he struggled with Holland’s top team while, briefly, a first-team player there.
But he was great at Heerenveen, and hey presto, at another modest Eredivisie side in Utrecht, he’s back to playing a lot lot better.
So yes, his leaving Holland didn’t work out, the top five leagues in Europe were far too tough for him.
So the SPL? Rangers are worse pressure than he’d ever experienced – the pressure at Ibrox is only akin to the very top teams in the top five leagues in Europe.
And that was far far too much for him.
At low pressure Utrecht with no huge expectation, he thrives, as he did at Heerenveen.
Sam Lammers has been at two massive clubs as a senior player – PSV and Rangers. He failed both. Pressure was just too much.
He has been to two top five leagues and a bunch of clubs – couldn’t handle the step up in level.
Now, at Utrecht, lower level and less pressure, he’s doing a lot better.
Let’s hope he keeps it up and it becomes permanent in the summer.
We wish him luck.