Not everybody appears to be convinced that Ross Wilson will be successful in his new role at Rangers as their Sporting Director, as Kris Commons believes the ‘jury is still out’.
The ex-player-turned-pundit was writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (as per The Scottish Sun) about the new appointment, but he seemed to downplay the move by the Light Blues and suggested that the former Southampton chief has not really proven himself in the role.
He wrote: “The key thing to note in all of this is that Wilson was appointed in March 2015, by which point a lot of the groundwork had already been done.
“Look at Southampton’s key players at that time. Sadio Mane, Fraser Forster, Victor Wanyama, Dusan Tadic, Nathaniel Clyne, Luke Shaw, Toby Alderweireld, Graziano Pelle, Steven Davis and Morgan Schneiderlin.
“Every single one of these players was already at the club the time Wilson arrived. His one big claim to fame is that he signed Virgil van Dijk in the summer of 2015 and made a huge profit in selling him to Liverpool.
“But, overall, his record is actually quite ropey. Big-money acquisitions like Guido Carrillo, Mario Lemina, Sofiane Boufal and Mohamed Elyounoussi, now on loan at Celtic, are the names that will haunt Saints fans.
“Southampton have splashed a lot of cash over the past couple of years with no tangible results. They once again look like they’ll be in a relegation battle this season.
“Listen, if Wilson takes the director of football role at Rangers and signs another Van Dijk, fair play to him. But the jury is still out. He still has a lot to prove as and when he takes the gig at Ibrox.”
Of course, on paper, Commons may look to have a point and one that could be argued to be extremely valid. The names he has mentioned as players that Wilson did sign did not perform as well as they would have initially hoped for, although that could happen to anybody with the demands of the Premier League.
However, the former Scotland international appears to have forgotten some of the names that the former Director of Football did bring in that have made a success whilst playing their football on the south coast.
Indeed, the likes of Cedric Soares, Oriol Romeu, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Nathan Redmond, Jan Bednarek, Moussa Djenepo and Yan Valery (The Telegraph) were all brought in under his watch, with each individual, arguably, playing sizable roles for the Saints in the process.
Also, the ability to attract players with the calibre that some of the aforementioned individuals possess may have been even more difficult without Wilson at the helm, with the likes of Hojbjerg previously playing his football for Bayern Munich whilst he appears to have picked out talented youngsters in Djenepo and Valery.
It is extremely acceptable to suggest that the ‘jury remains out’ on the 35-year-old as he will be expected to achieve results, but for Commons to claim his overall record to be ropey is, perhaps, a little harsh and suggests the ex-midfielder has not quite looked at the full picture.
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