It would certainly be interesting to see Alfredo Morelos in the Champions League in the future, but is it now fair to say he’s of that calibre?
Rival opposition fans will likely chuckle. After all he did miss a couple of chances at the end of last season. That apparently means you’re not ever going to get any better as a footballer and should live with you for the rest of your life.
In all seriousness, Morelos has improved so much in such a short space of time this season. The Steven Gerrard effect hasn’t been more evident than it has been on Rangers’ Colombian hit-man.
Let’s not kid ourselves – last season he was a source of frustration for Rangers fans and jokes for opposition fans. This term? He’s thriving, and consistently shutting up his critics with goals on a what seems like a weekly basis.
Morelos already has 12 goals to his name this season. Most impressively, however, he’s managed to bag European strikes against NK Osijek, NK Maribor, and Rapid Vienna. Again, we’re not going to pretend this is the greatest level of opposition in the world, but it’s a decent level.
Goals and build-up play
Rangers’ number one striker isn’t just nabbing goals, however. He’s also bullying defences out of games both at home and in Europe. Morelos’ build-up play and combinations with the wingers has been one of his biggest improvements of the season.
At Champions League level, you can’t just be a finisher at a club like Rangers. Only the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid etc have the luxury of having players whose main focus is finding the net.
At a club such as Gers, the striker needs to be able to do so much more. Why do you think the likes of Kris Boyd was never prolific in Europe or even against Celtic?
Morelos is a more-rounded player than he gets credit for. What’s even more incredible is the short time it’s taken him to reach that level. Last season, he seemed to be nowhere near the forward that we’re being treated to this year. His consistency has improved ten-fold and he looks like scoring every week.
His performances have been that impressive that even star-signing Kyle Lafferty isn’t getting a look in.
Morelos has shown that he has the ability to net against Europa League opposition. Our question to you, the fans, is could he also do it in the Champions League? Or is this his level at the moment?
Bear in mind the striker has plenty of development left in him. One day there’ll be no denying he can perform in Europe’s most prestigious club competition. But, could he do it right now if given the chance?
Let us know your thoughts on it in the comments below.