Despite some criticism early on, Umar Sadiq can still come good at Rangers.
The on-loan Roma man is only here for the season, but many still feel he’s been a waste of wages so far. Sadiq hasn’t been seen around the first-team picture for a while.
The towering striker scored on his debut against Wigan. But other than that, the front-man’s opportunities have been limited in Govan.
Kyle Lafferty arrived at Ibrox to much fan-fare during the transfer window. This looked like being the end of Sadiq’s chance to shine at the club. Yet, that may not be the case after Steven Gerrard’s tactical decisions at Celtic Park.
If the manager continues to play with two up top, Sadiq will remain as first reserve. The striker hasn’t impressed whatsoever since his move, but he’s hardly been a waste of a loan deal.
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As it stands, Rangers only have three recognised strikers in their squad. Sadiq joins Lafferty and Alfredo Morelos in that respect. Whilst his impact has been minimal thus far, opportunities will come for him in the future.
With the well-acknowledged temperament of both Lafferty and Morelos, suspensions will occur this season. If not that, then injuries will allow Sadiq his chance to shine.
This is so long as Gerrard continues to stick with a striking duo up top, which is a tad doubtful.
Should Rangers revert back to one up front, chances will be more limited. But to say the signing has been a waste or anything of the sort is unfair on the Nigerian forward.
Sadiq put in an extremely positive display against St Mirren reserves the other week. A brace and a couple of assists showed that he could have something to offer if given the chance.
Gerrard didn’t bring him in so he would never play for the club. Added to that, there could be guarantees from Gerrard to Roma that he’ll play some games this season.
Nobody can deny Sadiq has done nothing as of yet in a Rangers jersey. But to act as though he’s had a fair crack at the whip is also unfair.