Alfredo Morelos – The Lowdown

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Another defeat away to Wolverhampton Wanderers has left Aston Villa just one place and three points above the relegation zone going into the international break.

Further criticism of Brazilian centre-forward Wesley has continued to be prominent as the 22 year old has struggled to adapt to early life in the Premier League scoring in just three of his games.

When the summer transfer window closed, it was a shock to many that Dean Smith and the board didn’t push more urgently to bring in further striking options leaving just three recognised forwards in Wesley, Keinan Davis and Jonathan Kodjia.

Despite Villa scoring plenty of goals this season, the majority of goals have come from midfield and the worry is ultimately what cost the lack of striking options could have.

One option that continues to be linked to a move to Villa Park is Rangers striker, Alfredo Morelos.

There seems to be mixed thoughts on the idea of a move for the Colombian. Many of these are based on the negative view of the Scottish Premier League and the level of difficulty. Others will point out Morelos’ disciplinary record as a concern.

The one thing that can not be ignored is his ability to consistently score goals.

Morelos came through the youth set up at Independiente Medellin and made his debut at the age of 18, scoring six goals in 14 appearances for the first team across all domestic competitions.

The following year came what many saw as a random and surprise loan move to Finnish top flight side HJK.

His impact was immediate, coming on late to score a 90th minute equaliser in the League Cup before following it up a week later with a brace in the following round.

In the league he also made the headlines, scoring four in his first six games.

On a European front, Morelos three goals in six appearances against Atlantas (Lithuania), Beroe Stara Zagora (Bulgaria) and IFK Goteborg (Sweden) all of which were Europa League qualifiers.

In fact Morelos finished the 2016 season with a record of 30 goals in 43 appearances.

Morelos moved to Rangers in June 2017 for a reported fee of around £1million.

His first season saw him score 18 goals to tie as Rangers top scorer with 14 goals coming in the SPL.

2018-19 saw Morelos better the previous season with 27 goals in 39 appearances across all competitions.

The one stand out stat aside from the goals was 5 red cards, however he still managed to finish as the top scorer in the SPL with 18 goals.

Morelos is having a fantastic season this year too scoring 22 goals in 26 appearances so far.

11 in 12 Europa League games has brought his name to the forefront. Goals against FC Midtjylland (Denmark), Legia Warsaw (Poland), Feyenoord (Netherlands) and FC Porto (Portugal) have shown an ability to score against top flight opposition across the continent, some of which regular Champions League sides.

With Colombia calling the hotshot up to the international team where he has since made three appearances, a move to the Premier League and the exposure of worldwide media attention would be hard to resist.

A move to Villa and a promising start would obviously help both parties and it wouldn’t take a lot for a flurry of goals to quickly make a player that scores and works hard to become a firm favourite.

For now it’s all speculation but speculation that remains prominent and Dean Smith’s refusal to comment unlike previous quashed links will only add fuel to the fire.q

2 COMMENTS

  1. I’m afraid you won’t be able to afford him.
    His scoring record is phenomenal across all competitions and it would take upwards of 30 m to prize him away.

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