Scott Arfield’s exact style is quite difficult to define. He fulfills so many different roles game by game.
A direct dribbler, he has been known in his career for the often-spectacular goals and a hard-working, motivational attitude. He can play a pass, and also rarely looses the ball. He’s also no stranger to the gritty defensive work and reads the game exceptionally well. He’s left footed and can play across the midfield.
Ultimately, Scotty Arf is a uniquely versatile player and Rangers are lucky to have him. Nowhere was that versatility more evident than last night against Maribor.
Arfield had to a fulfil a role to lead the midfield through the performance. This focused on organisation, patience and composure more than powerful dribbling or defence scything passes. He was vocal, organised and read the game superbly.
As a kind of midfield focal point, Arfield’s selflessness allowed Ryan Jack behind him to mop up anything which came through. It allowed Ejaria in front of him to get on the ball and springboard attacks.
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Ejaria got less of the ball than usual last night, but he too put in a strong-willed hard-working performance. A performance which begins to answer questions about the defensive side of his game.
Scott Arfield has had a stop start beginning to his Rangers career through injury, but you can bet if he stays fit he will be a focal point of this team. Intense yet composed. Creative yet sacrificial. Dangerous yet protective.
He’s a useful, selfless player who has a big role to play for Gerrard’s men.