What an absolute mess Umar Sadiq was.
Rangers have undergone a period of transition this season under new boss Steve Gerrard. The former Liverpool legend, who is now making his way in management, brought with him fresh ideas, new hope and a whole host of new talent as he attempted to return a once hugely successful institution. His first transfer window was, shall we say, a little wild, though. A total of 19 players made their way through the doors of Ibrox, some good – Scott Arfield, Jermaine Defoe, Connor Goldson and Ryan Kent, and some, well, quite bad. We are looking at you, Umar Sadiq.
The Roma loanee looked a fairly decent acquisition on paper, to be fair. At youth level, Sadiq had been finding the back of the net at an industrious rate – scoring 27 times in 32 appearances for Spezia Primavera and 14 times in 10 for Roma’s equivalent. He had even spent some time over in the Eredivisie – the testing ground for all budding stars.
However, when the forward blundered his way onto Scottish soil, it became very, very apparent that he was way out of his depth – and this reflected in the amount of time fans saw him, for better or for worse (definitely better). “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,” Said Gerrard in September 2018 discussing the pathetic 26 minutes of action he had accumulated. Did he improve? Of course, he did not. He was absolutely woeful. Even with some improvement, he would not have not been good enough to sniff the shin-pads of the starting players, never mind play. He was clumsy, ineffective, lazy and had a knack for finding himself offside over and over and over and over again.
By the end of his time at Ibrox, Sadiq managed just 116’ minutes of action and made a paltry four appearances. We think that tells you all you need to know. He returned to Roma in December, an early Christmas present for all Rangers fans.
Sadiq has since reflected on his experience with Rangers, calling it a humiliating “nightmare” and that his former boss, Gerrard, proved to be “very different from what I believed he would be” (as per Sunday Post).
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