New season, new players, new manager… same old problems for the blue side of Glasgow. Can Fabio Silva be this season’s saviour?
It feels seemingly an age since the team have had a non-problematic prolific goal scorer to lead them to the glory days of old.
Yes, of course Alfredo Morelos was a fan favourite since his signing in 2016 and broke records with his goal scoring, most notably in Europe. However, a forever polarising character, as along with his goals came a barrage of problems. From ill discipline leading to countless red cards, to calls for a lack of professionalism season after season for his fitness. An underachiever at Rangers undoubtably for the Columbian menace.
Since the end of last season, the club has seen Morelos leave and players such as Dessers and Danilo have come in to replace the goals which left with El Buffalo. Signings which can be safe to say have left a lot to be desired.
On paper, Dessers and Danilo mid-season report has seen them do admirably, scoring nine and eight goals respectfully halfway through the season. However, playing for Rangers is more than scoring goals, and their performances have not been up to the high standards required. Most notably Dessers getting a lot of criticism from the Ibrox loyal for the levels he has achieved so far this season.
New manager Clement has heard these cries and has brought in Portuguese youngster Fabio Silva on loan in January to bolster his front line and improve his chances of picking up more silverware this season.
The once highly rated forward will be looking to get his career back up and running with the Glasgow giants. Having not quite reached the heights the footballing world thought he would, after his £35 million move from Porto to Wolves back in 2020, Silva will be keen to get back to his best and prove the doubters wrong.
Whilst there are no doubts the 21-year-old is extremely talented, there are questions over his goal scoring capabilities, with his stats so far in his career making for some grim viewing if you’re a Rangers fan.
Silva has made 112 professional club appearances, scoring just 16 goals. Doesn’t exactly look like the saviour the club is crying out for.
He has made four appearances so far for Rangers, a 20-minute appearance in competitive action for his debut, two friendlies during the Winter break and another 20-minute substitute appearance in the cup.. So far yet to score a goal, but there has been plenty of promise shown, with some great link up play and flashes of magic which saw Wolves so eager to sign the Portuguese starlet for their club record fee four years ago.
Speaking with season ticket holder Scott Rae, he had this to say on the new signing: “He doesn’t look to be an out and out striker who will score a barrel load of goals, but he does link up the play and sees things early. He looks the type who will make good partnerships with other players and has that something special.”
It’s far too early to tell how successful Silva will be at Rangers, but there is one thing for certain, he has all the potential to be a great player for the Glasgow side and will be looking to be a key part in getting more silverware before he returns to his parent club at the end of the season.