Alfredo Morelos might well be the best player in the Rangers team, but is the Colombian also the best player in Scotland?
The 22-year-old has hit 12 goals already this season. More than just score goals the charismatic striker also creates them. He’s laid on a further seven. That’s 19 goals contributed in 20 games.
In a match lacking inspiration yesterday, Morelos was it. He laid on Kent with a superb ball and the winger finished deftly. He then won a penalty to secure the victory before rounding the keeper and producing a composed, emphatic finish for the final goal in a 4-1 win.
So much more than a goalscorer
Away from his influence in terms of goals, he’s a superb team player. For someone who scores so many and gets into so many good areas, Morelos isn’t a selfish footballer.
He comes deep to win the ball back, he’s creative in his link-up play. He will play others in. Alfredo Morelos will also run the channels, with clear confidence in his dribbling ability. The wee man is such a determined player. More than that he’s a team player. He works his socks off for everyone around him.
This Rangers team also recognise his importance. As do the backroom staff. He’s vital to what we’re trying to achieve.
He is a supremely well-rounded forward. Yet there’s plenty of room to develop for the Colombia international.
He’s only getting better. On current form – that’s game by game.
He’s been utterly unplayable in the last three matches.
Yesterday proved there’s been a turning point for Morelos with his much over-hyped indiscipline. That’s despite being yellow carded. Players could get at him before. Rile him up.
When Hamilton’s Darian McKinnon came at him, Morelos laughed it off. He didn’t flinch. They all flooded towards him and he just wouldn’t bite. He then laughed off the yellow he received for the challenge on McKinnon, his 7th of the season.
What’s more, he then used all of that frustration to completely obliterate Hamilton in the final ten minutes. He was the fear in Alex Penny’s mind that brought the first penalty. Morelos won the second penalty. And he rammed home the fourth goal.
That’s how you answer wind-up merchants on a football pitch.
Add toning down the frustration to those stellar, rounded performances and you have a player who may well be the best in the land. Regardless of the competition.
If Alfredo Morelos keeps going the way he is, then those who handle the awards in May may have no option but to recognise it.