Glasgow Rangers’ Europa League clash with Slavia Prague has led to plenty of debate in Romania over Ianis Hagi and Nicolae Stanciu.
Gerrard given Hagi instruction
The European round of 16 tie will see two of Romania’s top talents face each other. Hagi is in his first full season with the Gers and has done rather well, managing six goals and 11 assists in all competitions so far (Transfermarkt). 42-time international Stanciu, meanwhile, has five goals and six assists to his name.
The clash could have a big impact on the Romania national team, and there have been differing opinions as to who should play for their country. Former midfielder Ioan Ovidiu Sabau told Look Sport:
“It’s very important where Ianis plays. If he plays on the side, he sees less of the ball. Stanciu plays centrally, so he takes the ball more.
“It is clear that the successes are less on the wing, but in the middle of the field there are bigger spaces.”
Eric Pereira, who used to play in Romania, said:
“Ianis has better figures than Stanciu in won duels and dribbles. I’ve seen Ianis in the last matches and he’s stronger than he has been for Romania.
“In Thursday’s match he fought a lot, even if he didn’t score or pass a goal, he fought, he won duels, he was the third man in the goal phase.
“We see a stronger Ianis.”
Change for Hagi
Hagi’s influence on games is far stronger from an attacking midfield role. In 18 games on the right-wing, the former Genk man managed three goals and four assists – far from a bad return. However, while he has failed to score in eight games more centrally, he already has eight assists.
Should Hagi play in attacking midfield?
The £5.4m-valued 22-year-old (Transfermarkt) is clearly a player with plenty of potential, and he could be a big asset for Steven Gerrard and co. Only if he is played in his favourite position, though.
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