Steven Gerrard must consider handing Cedric Itten a rare start after Alfredo Morelos’ stuttering performance for Rangers against Dundee United.
The Colombian was once again poor in front of goal and was lucky to avoid a red card after a clash with United defender Mark Connolly.
Morelos has an uncharacteristically low seven goals and four assists for the Gers this season across all competitions.
That did not look like changing against Dundee United, with Morelos registering an x.G of just 0.36, as per Wyscout.
During his previous two starts against Ross County and Standard Liege, his x.G has been 0.26 and a worryingly low 0.03, according to Wyscout.
Morelos’ poor form comes at a time where Itten appears to be finding his feet in Scotland after initially struggling with injuries following his move to the club.
The Swiss striker scored a very well-taken goal against Lech Poznan in the Europa League on Thursday, having previously set up Rangers’ fourth against Ross County just a few days prior.
When comparing the two forwards per 90 minutes this season, Itten is averaging more touches in the penalty area, according to Wyscout and is also making more progressive runs.
With Itten also winning twice as many offensive duels than Morelos, it is easy to see how the Gers could become even more of a threat in the final with the 23-year-old in their starting XI.
Gerrard has the perfect opportunity to bring Itten into the side this week. The Gers travel to St. Mirren on Wednesday before they welcome an out-of-form Motherwell to Ibrox on Saturday.
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