Gerrard labelled him a 'very dangerous player' but £2m man failed to deliver
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End of Season Report: Eros Grezda

Moving on from Ryan Kent, we take a look at Eros Grezda. Unfortunately, there’s quite a contrast between the contributions of these two players.
When Rangers signed Grezda for a reported £2 million back in August [Scottish Sun], he came with a good reputation. Steven Gerrard described him as a ‘very dangerous player’, while both Borna Barisic and Nikola Katic spoke highly of his abilities.

Grezda in action for Osijek in a Europa League Qualifier against PSV Eindhoven. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

The manager also identified an ability to contribute in the final third as one of the winger’s key attributes.
However, we saw very little from the 24-year-old this season.
Overall, he mustered 17 appearances in all competitions, with just seven of those coming from the start [Soccerway].

In 743 minutes of football, he notched two goals and a solitary assist, all of which came in the second half of a 7-1 win over Motherwell in February.
Injuries undoubtedly played their part, too.
Despite signing in August, Grezda didn’t make his debut until mid-September. He then sustained a serious foot injury over the winter break, before recently pulling out of international duty due to a muscle problem.
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It must also be factored in that he took a big leap in leaving Croatia to come to Scotland. It’s possible that a struggle to adjust off the pitch has hindered him.

Hasn’t delivered on the pitch

However, at the end of the day, Rangers paid big money for him and he must be judged on his performances. He clearly possesses bags of pace, but when he got past players, his decision-making or the quality of the final pass often let him down.
We didn’t see much evidence of clinical finishing, either. He had a golden opportunity to win the huge Europa League tie against Spartak Moscow at Ibrox. Converting his straightforward late opportunity would have given his start to life in Glasgow a major boost. Yet, he lost composure and hurriedly blazed over.

Grezda fires over against Spartak. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That was something of a defining moment for Grezda. He was only seen three times after the turn of the year, but that was as much to do with injury as it was a failure to break his way into the manager’s plans.
Daniel Candeias, Ryan Kent, and Glenn Middleton were all comfortably ahead of him in the pecking order.

Overall, then, a very disappointing season. With Rangers already strengthening in wide areas, it’s no surprise his agent claims he’s set for talks with the club, with a possible exit on the horizon [Scottish Sun].

Half-Term Grade: C

End of Season Grade: C-

 

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