Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has been commended for his management of star striker Alfredo Morelos by former England team-mate Paul Robinson.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former goalkeeper feels that the 39-year-old is getting the best out of the Colombian striker, who has been in magnificent scoring form this season.
Robinson also alluded to the vastly improved disciplinary record of Morelos as a sign that his manager has handled the player quite well.
He told Football Insider: “His goalscoring record this year speaks for itself as it’s been outstanding. He’s a hard-working forward and the old saying is, you start defending from the front.
“He gives you so much more than just goals as it’s there’s his all-round game and contribution to the team, he’s willing to put in a shift.
“And Steven has man-managed him extremely well as he has had bad discipline in the past, and he’s getting the best out of him and he’s finding form.”
Robinson’s comments about Morelos’ scoring record and other contributions is well-founded, given the huge number of goal involvements that the 23-year-old has posted so far this season.
He has already netted 25 times for Rangers in just 31 appearances thus far in 2019/20, matching his tally from last season, despite having a penalty saved in Sunday’s Betfred Cup final defeat to Celtic.
In addition to that phenomenal goal haul, Morelos has also provided nine assists in the current campaign – only the full-back duo of James Tavernier and Borna Barisic have set up more goals for the Light Blues. [via TransferMarkt]
Robinson is also justified in praising Gerrard for his handling of the previously tempestuous Colombian, who posted a shocking disciplinary record last season.
Morelos was sent off five times in 48 appearances during 2018/19, with the fifth of those coming for an elbow on Scott Brown, an incident which led the manager to say he could no longer defend the striker’s indiscipline (as per BBC).
With 31 games played this season, the 23-year-old has not been sent off once, which would suggest that Gerrard could have had a strong word with him that, to the striker’s credit, appears to have resonated with him.
The Rangers boss has certainly got a tune out of Morelos this season, judging by his magnificent goal return and improved disciplinary record, so Robinson is right to praise Gerrard in that regard.
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