Glasgow Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson has revealed that Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard “loves” Calvin Bassey in a Q&A with the club’s official website.
Bassey is showing signs of early promise in his club career so far this season since he first arrived at Ibrox from Leicester City in the summer.
For many relatively unknown players, the first move away from their boyhood club is often the biggest tests of their careers, but he is already pushing Borna Barisic for a place in the starting line-up.
In fact, it’s fair to say that Bassey is turning out to be quite a shrewd bit of business at the back. The 20-year-old left-back made his first-team debut for Rangers in the 3-0 win over St Mirren back in August, and has come on leaps and bounds since then.
Gerrard favours an aggressive, possession-based style of play, which is precisely why Bassey is the perfect fit for his preferred playing style. Despite his young age, he has already clocked up eight appearances for the Gers in all competitions this season so far. However, the majority of his appearances have come from the bench, which is to be expected at this moment in time.
Barisic has nailed down the left-back birth over the past few years but Gerrard should put his faith in the youngster – if anything, the sooner the better. Whilst much of the focus was on Bongani Zungu’s long-awaited debut during the 8-0 win over Hamilton Academical before the international break, Bassey’s performance shouldn’t be ignored.
Per SofaScore, he received a high rating of 7.1 for his efforts – he took 46 touches of the ball in 45′ minutes, completed 27 out of 29 passes (93%), produced two key passes, and created one big chance, whilst he made two tackles and won two out of three aerial duels, which shows that he put in a defensive shift as well.
Once lauded as a “fantastic” talent by the Ibrox boss, Bassey has played six games in the Scottish Premiership so far this season, whilst he is averaging 1.5 tackles per game, via WhoScored. To put that into context, even Barisic is only managing fewer than one tackle per league game this term, as per WhoScored.
It won’t be long before the Gers are bracing themselves for offers, that’s for sure. Now Gerrard must return the favour by putting his faith in the prospect. Obviously Barisic is the undisputed first-choice but it’d be good for his development if he is given a cup run or a couple of games in the Europa League. He has made a promising start to the season so far – here’s hoping he can repeat his performances after the international break.
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