Rangers take on Lyon in the Europa League on Thursday night as the Gers kick off their Group A campaign and Gers coach Michael Beale has picked out the Lyon player he loves to watch – reported Arsenal transfer target Houssem Aouar.
With Beale, Steven Gerrard and the Rangers coaching staff set to take charge of their 5oth European game on Thursday night, the Ibrox coach has reflected on some of the incredible talent the Scottish champions have come up against so far and it is quite the list.
As well as veteran names such as Falcao and Pepe, young stars such as Kai Havertz are praised by Beale; with the Rangers man also giving plenty of kudos to Thursday’s rivals and identifying who will pose a threat to the Light Blues in their bid to reach the knockout rounds.
Reported Arsenal target Houssem Aouar is one Beale picked out as having a “huge future” ahead of him and you can be sure Beale will have done plenty of work to try and nulify it when he appears at IBrox on Thursday night.
“We have come up against some really top opponents – Havertz, Diaby, Bailey (Leverkusen) Rafa Silva and Darwin Sanchez (Benfica), Falcao (Galatasaray) Danilo and Pepe (Porto) Berghuis (Feyenoord) to name a few – the general speed of play, thought and athleticism is a really high level,” the Rangers coach wrote on his personal coaching website.
“I expect this season to be no different and having played against Lyon last pre season, I’m really looking forward to our players competing against Houssem Aouar, Lucas Pacqueta and Bruno Guimaraes with Lyon this season. They are arguably the most talented squad we have faced in Europe so far and have a squad full of top young players like those mentioned above who have the potential to arrive in the Premier League in the future.
“One of their key midfielders is Thiago Mendes who I worked with at São Paulo FC. He is an extremely talented player who has done very well since coming to Europe and it will be good to see him again.
“Houssem Aouar is a player that I love to watch and I believe he is a fantastic talent. At 22, he has a huge future and for young players, he is a great example of close control, the ability to twist/turn away from pressure and to change the speed of the game when needed.”