Ibrox View: Rangers made right choice to get rid of reported Man United target Umar Sadiq
Umar Sadiq didn’t have the best of times at Rangers to say the least.
The 23-year-old registered just four appearances for the Gers during a short-lived spell at Ibrox, failing to find the back of the net in any of them.
But now, incredibly, he could be on the cusp of a shock move to Manchester United.
According to Serbian outlet Telegraf, the Reds have been impressed by the hitman’s sudden upturn in form since joining Partizan Belgrade last summer.
He has registered 17 goals and 16 assists in 37 outings for the club, and is also said to be piquing the interest of AC Milan, Valencia and Moscow rivals CSKA and Spartak this summer.
You’d be forgiven for thinking this is a wind-up.
Sadiq was so poor during his spell at Rangers that he had his season long loan terminated in December.
Over the course of his fleeting stay in Scotland, he managed one shot on target, had a dribbles success rate of 0%, and a total action success rate of just 32.1%, as per Wyscout.
By comparison, he is averaging 1.48 shots on target per game this season, has a dribble excess rate of 47.1%, and has seen his total action success rate jump by over 10%.
In short, the contrast could hardly be more sharp.
And Rangers must be sat wondering what went wrong.
Where was this output when he was wearing the famous blue jersey?
In truth, however, the Gers made the right decision to let him go.
Yes, he might have come good, and there is a chance that this proposed move to Man United could come off, but he should absolutely nothing to suggest that he was capable of this kind of quality while he was a Gers player.
Hindsight sees in 20/20, but you can’t afford to keep hold of every flop on the off chance that he might come good one day.
Obviously, at some point a hidden gem is going to slip through the net, but honestly, you can hardly blame Ibrox chiefs for that.
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