In our Transfers that shook the club feature, Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at deals that many may not have seen coming and the impact that they had during their time by using statistical data and pundit remarks.
Sometimes transfers can do so much more than they were originally intended to do in the first place and, metaphorically, shake the club from top to bottom and leave a rather lasting and telling impression. Rangers are one such club that are no different.
In fact, it was one of their newest recruits that has managed to change the game (so to speak) for the Light Blues and has put them on another level.
Whilst it is likely there would have been a huge excitement and buzz around Ibrox once the news that Jermain Defoe would be joining them on an 18-month loan deal at the end of January 2019, many may not have been able to envisage just what he has brought to the Glasgow outfit.
Of course, the ex-England international is known for his goals and there would have been an expectation that he would be able to find the back of the net across the border – to which he has duly obliged.
Last season, the 37-year-old managed to bag himself eight goals and five assists in the 20 matches he played for Steven Gerrard’s side (as per Transfermarkt), whilst he has started this year’s campaign in incredibly lethal form and is showing no signs of slowing down.
So far, Defoe has nine goals in his 13 matches across all competitions as he looks to try and co-lead the attack to the Scottish Premiership title for the first time in almost a decade.
Whilst his goals have been a brilliant weapon to Rangers’ arsenal, it might just be his experience and leadership that has allowed the club to benefit in a better way, though. Something his co-partner in the attack, Alfredo Morelos, may agree to.
Just like the former England international, goals have never been a problem for the South American as he has continued in with his rich vein of form in front of goal (14 goals in 18 matches), however there appears to be a friendship forming between the duo that has, perhaps, helped the Colombian with one area of his game.
Morelos is infamous for his problems with discipline as he picked up 16 yellow cards and five reds in his 48 appearances last season, which may have cost them crucial points at vital times in the campaign (Transfermarkt).
However, that record and those troubles now look to be firmly behind him, as the 23-year-old appears to have calmed down this year, with just four yellows to his name after 18 games.
Whilst it is difficult to attribute a link to the pair’s relationship as a reason as to why his disciplinary record has improved (Gerrard also revealed he felt the penny has finally dropped), it is not difficult to see that there is a bond forming between the pair.
Defoe admitted he had liked to think he was a good influence on his strike partner (Daily Record), although he revealed Morelos had learnt from his mistakes last season regarding discipline.
However, without the 37-year-old breathing down his neck for a starting berth in Gerrard’s side, perhaps, the Colombian would not have learnt his lesson as quickly as he appears to have done so now.
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