Rangers defender Filip Helander has insisted that team-mate Alfredo Morelos is “up there” with anyone he has ever played against, naming Juventus superstar Paulo Dybala as one the 25-goal Ibrox talisman stands up against.
Dybala, valued at £67.5million [Transfermarkt] is a huge part of the Juve side and for Morelos to be spoken about as being on that level shows just how good a player the Gers have on their hands.
Between Serie A and international duty for Sweden, Helander has a fair idea of what he’s talking about and admits that he was impressed by Morelos the first time he saw him play.
“He is up there with anyone I have ever played against and I have played against some great strikers, all different types of players,” said Helander, as quoted by The Herald.
“I remember coming up against Dybala who was completely different, always dropping off then taking players on but Alfredo is a powerful guy who knows where the goal is.
“It is hard to compare them but I was just so impressed when I came and saw Alfredo play for the first time.
“He is so powerful and has a real nose for picking up the right chance, so difficult for defenders for me to play against. He is strong, always working hard, so tough to deal with. I just hope he can continue, stay fit and get some more goals this season.”
Morelos scored his 25th of the season for Rangers in the 5-0 win over Hearts and will be hoping to keep his phenomenal run of form going with games against Aberdeen and Celtic this week.
Being mentioned in the same bracket as players such as Dybala is further evidence of just how good Morelos is and it seems inevitable that someone is going to try to lure him away in January.
Keeping him at the club until the summer, at least, is vital and a title win this season and a crack at the Champions League next year could help convince him his long-term future is in Glasgow.