Sampdoria star Jakub Jankto, who Rangers allegedly came ‘so close’ to signing last year, failed to impress for the Czech Republic against Scotland.
Jankto moved to Sampdoria from Udinese in 2019 following a loan spell for a reported fee of €15m (£12.9m) [Football Italia].
Responding to a fan query in November 2020, established transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claimed that the Gers and La Liga side Getafe had enquired about the 25-year-old, with the Light Blues ultimately just missing out on landing him.
so close! Rangers and Getafe asked for him
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 10, 2020
The midfielder went on to make 35 appearances in Serie A last season, scoring six goals and notching three assists, with his performances earning him a place in the Czech national team squad for the Euros.
He had a big chance to impress in the city he allegedly came close to moving to on Monday afternoon, but it was an opportunity he failed to take.
His side ran out 2-0 winners over Scotland in Glasgow thanks to two fantastic goals from the outstanding Patrik Schick, but although Jankto was relatively lively early on, he didn’t make much of an impact on the game.
Playing in an advanced left position, he blazed over a half-chance in the first half and was wasteful in possession, earning criticism on social media.
In fact, with 6.74, he received the lowest Whoscored.com rating of any Czech player.
While he did produce three key passes, his overall pass accuracy was a very low 66.7% and he was subbed for teenage prospect Adam Hložek in the 72nd minute.
It’s still early days in the tournament and Jankto should have more opportunities to shine.
Yet, on this evidence, it’s unlikely that Steven Gerrard is kicking himself that the swoop for the Sampdoria star didn’t come off.