A legend of the game turned manager, Steven Gerrard strikes us as the kind of individual any player would want to impress.
The ex-Liverpool man brought with him a wave of new faces in an attempt to completely overhaul a Rangers squad that has been slumped in the shadow of their city sharing rivals Celtic. Indeed, Gerrard’s connections with his old club have helped bring in the likes of Jon Flanagan – who Cafu once likened himself to -, Ovie Ejaria, and Ryan Kent. All quality additions in their respective positions.
Conor Goldson, Borna Barisic, Nikola Katic, Scott Arfield, and Kyle Lafferty are others who have made a big impact so far this year.
With Rangers putting on such a good show in Europe this year, and doing it in such a positive way with support from one of the most respected figures in football, Steven Gerrard, you’d be surprised to see any unhappy players at the club.
However, there are a few sad faces that have not gone unnoticed…
Long story short, Umar Sadiq is rubbish. Since arriving from Roma in the summer, the Nigerian forward has done absolutely nothing. And that’s not an exaggeration. Amassing a grand total of 71 minutes play time, in 4 games, with no goals or assists to his name, Sadiq is shaping up to be one of the worst Rangers signings of all time.
Gerrard himself has previously come out and highlighted the fact that Sadiq must improve “everything” if he wants to play for Rangers this season. Adding, “you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out that he is going to have to improve if he is to earn some game time” (as per: BBC Sport)
You never know how committed loan signings are, but it’s quite evident in Sadiq’s case…
Foderingham has been in Glasgow since 2015 after joining from English League side Swindon Town. Until recently, he often found himself as the starting goalkeeper, with Allan McGregor now occupying that spot.
Foderingham’s inclusion really comes down to the fact that he was told he was surplus to requirements earlier this year. It’s tough for any player to take that their place in the squad is due to be slashed, and he’s no exception to this rule.