On Sunday, Alfredo Morelos’ actions cost Rangers. There’s no way around that. Would the Gers have won if he was on the field? It’s hard to make the case for or against that, but what is clear is that Steven Gerrard’s men would have had a much better chance at putting a marker down in the Scottish top flight if he played the full game.
It’s not the first time that he’s cost the club, and every time it happens, it’s surely left Steven Gerrard scratching his head in bewilderment.
As such, it’s hard to dispute the fact that, despite all the points that Morelos wins the Gers, he’s also cost them more than a few. However, that’s not to say that the club are the only victims of his reckless behaviour.
That’s because, in truth, the bigger loser in this situation could prove to be Morelos himself.
Previously, as per El Tiempo, Morelos has spoken of his desire to play in the Premier League. He said: “‘I’m only 22, maybe in five years who knows I might be with a much bigger team, hopefully in England because I am very ambitious.” That’s a lofty goal, and one man that a lot of players aspire to. Essentially, he wants to be playing for a top European team and challenging on multiple stages. Even Rangers fans would find that tough to be angry about.
However, the reality is that unless Morelos cuts out the disciplinary issues, top teams simply won’t come near him. Especially in the Premier League, players like that are often vilified, and they earn a reputation – meaning that players, officials and the press all watch their every move like a hawk.
Diego Costa at Chelsea was a good example. He, like Morelos, was a deadly forward in England, but his aggression got him into a lot of trouble, and he was often thereafter targeted as a result. That made him less effective and it did go on to play a part in his departure.
In the case of Morelos, a top team would love him for his goals, but they’d likely be decidedly less excited about all the problems that his presence causes. Just think, would a team like Chelsea or Man Utd, in a big Premier League game or European tie, want to rely on a player that could get riled up by the fans and lash out – leading to a red card?
The answer is surely a no, and that’s why Morelos could be ruining his own dream. He needs to let his skill with the ball at his feet do the talking, and until he does, it’s tough to see a top side coming in for him. He’s only got himself to blame.