Rangers forward Fashion Sakala has been warned ‘he needs to find some form quickly’ by Frank McAvennie.
Sakala joined Rangers from Belgian outfit KV Oostende in the summer after signing a pre-contract agreement (via BBC Sport).
He’d impressed in his final season with the Jupiler Pro League side, scoring 13 goals in 26 starts (via WhoScored).
But he’s only found the net once across his 10 appearances for Rangers so far, bagging the opener in a 1-1 draw with Motherwell last month.
Sakala provides an alternative option to Alfredo Morelos up front, alongside Kemar Roofe and Jermain Defoe.
McAvennie reckons that Sakala was recruited as a potential successor to Morelos but hasn’t shown enough so far to suggest he’s up to the task. That could force Rangers back into market.
The 61 year-old says the Zambian doesn’t look entirely comfortable following his summer switch.
“The new boy isn’t doing it,” he told Football Insider.
“Morelos comes in every week, whenever they need him to and he scores.
“Rangers will try to keep him until they find someone who can score the same amount of goals as him.
“Sakala doesn’t look right to me. He hasn’t settled. He needs to find some form, quickly.”
It is still early days, and often patience can be a virtue when it comes to new signings. The adjustment period can be very tricky.
And some would argue that it’s been difficult for Sakala to get into any real rhythm. He’s only started two of Rangers’ eight matches so far, and a small injury in August won’t have helped matters either.
We should probably refrain from making any real judgements until the halfway point of the season at the very earliest, when the fight on four fronts will have forced the manager to rotate players like Sakala in more often.
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