Umar Sadiq joined Rangers on loan this summer from AS Roma and provides competition for Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty up front for the ‘Gers.
Hailing from Nigeria, Sadiq has spent the latter few years of his youth career in Italy and ever since joining AS Roma, he has gone on multiple loans to find his feet in first-team football with regular game time.
It was last season whereby Sadiq came alight as he joined NAC Breda in the winter transfer window. He then contributed to eight goals; scoring five and assisting three in 12 games.
The 21-year-old stands at 6’3 yet has a surprising turn of pace and awareness of space to burst in behind opposing defenders. It is the finishing department where work can be done as he can be more clinical in front of goal, an attribute which he can only improve by working with Morelos and Lafferty.
Sadiq has found game time hard to come by in Glasgow as of yet, with just four substitute appearances across the League, Scottish Cup, Challenge Cup and Europa League amounting to 71 minutes.
Steven Gerrard did say just last month that Umar needed to improve “everything”, but he has since said that “he’s got his head down, he’s improved a lot” which could spell good news ahead of the Betfred Cup semi-final against Aberdeen on Sunday.
If Gerrard does reward Sadiq with the opportunity to showcase his improvement in the Cup then more chances could be coming his way at Rangers. If not, then a different loan move could be the case in the winter transfer window where he wouldn’t be resting as a third choice striker.
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