Ibrox View: Terem Moffi is good but Rangers are right to reportedly balk at £4.5m price tag
Rangers will no doubt be in the market to strengthen their frontline this summer.
As well as the general pressures that come with chasing down a dominant Celtic side, the Gers also have to take into consideration Jermain Defoe’s recent injury, with no clear indication of how long he might be out for.
But one man they are unlikely to move for, according to Belgian outlet HLN, is KV Kortrijk hitman Terem Moffi.
According to the continental outlet, the Gers would have to stump up £4.5 million for a a player who only cost his current employers £300,000 in January.
Granted, he has hit four goals in seven games since making that switch, but has he really been worth that huge price hike?
On paper, he appears to be a mixed bag.
For example, he has fewer shots per game than Alfredo Morelos, as well as a lower xG, and a lower total action success rate, as per Wyscout.
But he does have a higher shot accuracy rate, completes more dribbles, and wins more duels.
So what does this look like in an actual match situation?
One of Moffi’s most recent goals, against KV Oostende back in February, gives us a pretty clear illustration.
For starters, his natural positioning is a real threat to defenders.
As the ball is played in the image above, you can see that he has taken up a spot on the shoulder of the last man, but also in between the two last defenders.
This means that there is instant confusion over who should be picking him up, and it gives him an immediate advantage in terms of receiving a pass in a dangerous area.
The pass is sublime, but even at this stage he still has a lot to do, with the ball seemingly bouncing away from him and towards the defender.
But full credit to Moffi, he shows wonderful awareness to shrug his man off and take an intelligent touch inside, leaving the defender for dead and opening up the goal for himself in the process.
After that, all it takes is a cooly slotted finish for him to beat the onrushing goalkeeper.
Make no mistake, Moffi is a top talent, and one who looks as if he could be electric given the right transfer this summer.
But we simply cannot advocate signing a player who has seen his value ruse 15-fold after just seven games in Belgium.
He’s a good player, but Rangers have to be sensible, and are right to be put off by his current club’s demands.