Whilst he arrived at the club to much adulation, is Scott Arfield really as good as some fans think?
The former Burnley midfielder was one of Steven Gerrard’s first-names in the door this summer. Being utilised as an attacking midfielder, Arfield still has experience of playing in a sitting role also.
He was brought in to be Rangers’ real spark in the attacking midfield role. Primarily in the number 10 position, Arfield is forced to do a lot of running and hard work.
There’s no doubting that the Scottish-born Canadian is full of energy. He clearly gives his all for the Rangers cause and has real passion for the club.
So far, however, his stats are damning.
Arfield has yet to score since arriving at Ibrox in competitive action. He did net against Bury in pre-season at Ibrox, but hasn’t yet done so in the games that matter.
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That would be okay if he had been chipping in with assists. But despite making 10 appearances in competitive action for the Gers, he’s still to provide anyone with an assist.
To sum it up, Rangers’ most creative spark in the midfield has yet to score or assist anyone this season. These stats don’t make for great reading if you’re a Rangers fan.
During his time at Burnley, the midfielder was never a real talisman to be fair. He never scored more than nine goals in a season down south, but Sean Dyche often played him deep.
That hasn’t been the case at Rangers. The Gers are needing a strong number 10 to really take control this season and make them an attacking threat. So far, as hard-working as Arfield is, he’s struggling to do that.
Ovie Ejaria looks like he could possibly also play in that attacking midfield role in behind the strikers. He’s another with real quality on the ball if not a bit raw.
What Gerrard could ideally be doing in January, however, is at least provide Arfield with some real competition. You don’t get the impression his position is seriously under threat, and that’s a concern.
Arfield arrived at Ibrox with much promise. So far, however, he’s failing to live up to it.