After another period of fervent speculation, Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos was still a Rangers player at the end of the transfer window.
In his first three seasons at the club, he scored 77 goals in all competitions (via Transfermarkt) and understandably, there was plenty of interest in him (via Daily Record). However, no one met Rangers’ reported £20m valuation and he stayed at the club.
Starting the season with an assist against Aberdeen and a brace during a 3-0 win over St Mirren in August (via WhoScored), the Colombian international looked to have picked up where he left off, but his form since has been disappointing.
In 15 matches in all competitions since that game against St Mirren, Morelos has scored three goals and provided one assist (via WhoScored). Meanwhile, Kemar Roofe has settled in quickly, scoring eight goals in 13 appearances (via WhoScored), but Gerrard has persisted with the 24-year-old in the centre-forward position.
Despite being pushed to the right-wing, Roofe has thrived and become an increasingly indispensable part of the team, but Morelos has floundered. Despite taking three shots per game on average in the Scottish Premiership, he has just three goals, while only Cedric Itten has been more inaccurate with his passing (via WhoScored).
At times the partnership with Roofe has worked and there have been moments of nice link-up play, most notably against Aberdeen. However, he was largely ineffective in their most recent games against Standard Liege and Ross County, and the pressure should be mounting.
Jermain Defoe might be 38 years old but he has scored a goal in his last two appearances, while Joe Aribo could shift to the right-wing, with Roofe slotting into the centre-forward position. Meanwhile, Gerrard could look to give Ianis Hagi more minutes on the wing.
Put simply, Morelos is an important player at his best but he is not anywhere near that level right now. It already looks like Roofe has overtaken him and unless he is careful, others could too.
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