Sam Lammers has been offered a chance to save his Rangers career from being over before it’s really even started by Philippe Clement.
Since joining from Atalanta for £3.5million in the summer transfer window, the 26-year-old has been seriously underwhelming.
Most people thought that the Dutch striker would have improved after Michael Beale was sacked following the 3-1 defeat to Aberdeen at Ibrox. However, during Steven Davis’ short interim spell as manager, little changed and since Clement has come in, he’s done nothing of note either.
Clement has overseen two wins and a draw since becoming the new Rangers manager.
Lammers has started all three of those games but he now has just one goal and one assist in 19 appearances across all competitions, made even more baffling by the fact that he’s started 13 of those games.
In fairness, the Dutchman – who has mainly been a striker throughout his career – has been played as a number 10 and on the wing as well as up front. But still, even in the games where he’s spearheaded the attack, again Morton, for example, he’s failed to score.
In Clement’s first Scottish Premiership match in charge of Rangers, he oversaw a brilliant 4-0 win against Hibernian at Ibrox.
Cyriel Dessers, Nicolas Raskin and Abdallah Sima – all of whom were signed by Beale – got on the scoresheet to suggest that there may be hope for them yet in Govan.
Lammers, however, didn’t score and squandered a couple of chances to score in the match too.
In the league this season, the ex-Atalanta striker has an xG of 3.1, which is the eighth-highest out of all the players [FotMob].
However, he’s scored just one goal, meaning he’s drastically underperforming in front of goal.
In comparison, Cyriel Dessers has an xG of 4.2 and has scored twice. That’s not great either but it’s a better ratio than what Lammers has manged. Abdallah Sima has five goals and an xG of 3.8 and right-back James Tavernier has four goals and an xG lower than Lammers’ at 3.0.
Clement is giving Lammers a chance to show that he can do better under him than he did under Beale but so far, we’re not seeing it.
Again, on Sunday in the 2-1 win over Hearts, the £3.5million summer signing failed to impress as stats by WhoScored show that none of his three shots hit the target, he was dispossessed twice and didn’t play any key passes that would have helped any of his attacking teammates score.
Clement is trying but he’s being let down by the Dutchman, who just isn’t clicking in Glasgow.
Unless this form changes, a quickfire exit from Ibrox in January could be on the cards for Rangers to at least try and cut their losses.
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