Ibrox View: Creative flair from reported target Belkebla could make him a top Rangers signing
Rangers are wasting no time with their transfer business this summer.
Having already brought in Ianis Hagi and Calvin Bassey, the Gers are now being linked with a move for 26-year-old Algeria midfielder Haris Belkebla, according to L’Equipe.
The player is under contract until 2022 with current side Brest, but it is understood that Rangers have already made their interest in him known, and could follow it up with a formal bid in the near future.
But would he be worth pursuing this summer?
A quick look at the attacking midfielder’s stats would certainly suggest so.
Over the course of 2019/20, his pass completion rate of 88.4% was higher than Scott Arfield, while his dribble success rate was also 30.8% higher than the Ibrox man’s, as per Wyscout.
He also won more of his duels, made more interceptions per match, and had a superior total action success rate.
And in a game situation that translates very nicely.
Take for example, his pass map against Angers SCO earlier this season, pictured above.
Belkebla completed 45 out of his 47 passes – a success rate of 96%.
But what really strikes you is the range of passing.
These aren’t just simple sideways balls – although there are some of those too – but several passes are looking to break between the lines and get his side moving into promising attacking areas.
One in particular, the pink arrow, was an absolute peach.
In the image above, Belkebla is the player in red just arriving into the right of frame.
The ball has just been cleared and he now faces a 50/50 with a defender and an awkward bounce to control.
But neither factor seems to overly affect Belkebla, who shows good agility to nip in front of his man, and fantastic skill to clip a ball over the top on the half volley.
And that’s without even mentioning the vision it takes to spot the attacker on the shoulder of the last defender.
If we roll the footage forward, however, we can see that it is literally an inch perfect pass, and on another day, if the striker had been little sharper, we could have seen a superb equaliser.
Take nothing away from Belkebla though, there is little else he could do.
And if he could bring that kind of creative flair to Ibrox, he would surely be a huge hit.
Players who can pull the strings and dictate a match never go out of style, and in the respect, the Algerian could be a real gem.
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