Whilst the international break is not always ideal for club managers, such as Glasgow Rangers’ Steven Gerrard, it gives them the opportunity to see how their players adapt to a different situation.
There are plenty of Gers players who are currently away with their countries, such as Glen Kamara, who represents Finland. The 24-year-old has 21 caps, the latest of which came against the Republic of Ireland. His performance in that game could be a big one not only for Finland, but also at Ibrox.
For Gerrard, Kamara generally sits in a defensive midfield role, shielding the back four, but against the Irish he was far more of a threat going in the other direction. For example, he completed all three of the dribbles he attempted, had a passing accuracy of 93%, and also contributed with two key passes – he has averaged 0.6 dribbles and 1.2 key passes in the Premiership so far this term.
Is Glen Kamara underrated?
The likes of Brian Laudrup have demanded more creativity in the Gers midfield, and Kamara could be the man to solve that Gerrard problem. Whilst he may not be the most prolific – he has just one strike in those 21 caps – he still has the ability to provide going forward rather than just sitting in a defensive role. It is time Gerrard took the shackles off the £1.08m-valued man (as per Transfermarkt).
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