Rangers manager Steven Gerrard made a concerning admission about Alfredo Morelos on Friday before backing the underperforming striker to come good, as quoted by the Daily Record.
The 24-year-old has been the Gers’ star forward for several seasons and over the first half of the 2019/20 campaign, he was largely unplayable.
His form dropped off after the winter break, though, and following persistent transfer rumours across the summer, his struggles have continued into the current campaign.
El Bufalo’s role within the team has changed slightly, but he hasn’t looked himself in the box and has gone six games without a goal.
With the player’s attitude under question in recent times, the following comments from Gerrard are somewhat concerning: “I don’t know what goes on in his head – I wish I did,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
However, the manager was then quick to point to his striker’s work ethic and link-up play, before backing his scoring knack to return.
“You guys in the media judge him on goals, numbers and records, which is fine. You are doing your job. But I judge Alfredo on what he gives the team in and out of possession. Do the players want him in the team? Do they feel like they need him? Does he help in different ways?”
“The team are playing well, Alfredo is helping the team in a different way. It’s up to Alfredo to get himself back amongst the goals because we’re certainly providing chances for him.
“This is not a case where I’m concerned that he’s not getting the service. Alfredo needs to keep his head down, keep working hard and believe that the goals will come. I’m confident they will.”
Gerrard makes concerning Morelos admission before providing backing – Verdict
Morelos’ issues with English have been well documented since he signed for Rangers and it’s natural that the mindset of some players may be more of a mystery to a manager if there is a language barrier.
Yet, Gerrard has been working with the Colombia international for several years now, so it’s a little concerning that he and his staff are seemingly still having to rely on an element of guesswork when assessing the striker’s mindset.
Disciplinary issues aside, though, El Bufalo has done plenty of excellent work for the Gers manager and in turn, he has often provided his support in the press.
Gerrard has backed his man once again here, but with Cedric Itten, Kemar Roofe and Jermain Defoe all currently waiting in the wings, he will surely have to start finding the net sooner rather than later.
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