Glasgow Rangers striker Cedric Itten will have given Steven Gerrard some serious cause for concern with his performance whilst away on international duty. The 3-cap Switzerland international has had a tough start to his time at the Ibrox before being called up by his country.
Albeit, it may be too early to judge him so harshly, as he has started to shown signs of turning things around at Rangers. He notably scored an incredible screamer against Motherwell which left fans raving on social media.
But Itten struggled in the international friendly against Croatia. And he didn’t play at all in the Nations League loss to Spain, which is perhaps telling, as the £3.6m-rated ace watched the entirety of the game from the bench.
As per Wyscout (via Ibrox News), he succeeded in just 23% of his total actions against Croatia, which is 17% lower than his season average so far. In fairness, he only featured for thirty or so minutes during the midweek defeat, but the statistics still make for some pretty grim reading.
The 23-year-old could only muster three successful actions out of a possible thirteen, which shows he wasn’t able to perform at his absolute peak, and he only attempt one shot on goal throughout the game. Did we fail to mention the fact that he couldn’t even hit the target?
What was more worrying was that the Swiss striker only won three out of his eight duels (37.5%) against Croatia. In fact, his 25% completion rate is 7% lower than his season average, which once again shows that he was largely anonymous. It is worth remembering he didn’t win a single duel in his last game for the Gers against Galatasaray before the international break.
Whether or not he will return to form when he returns to his club remains to be seen. But if these stats are anything to go by, they are certainly something to keep an eye on for the rest of the season. Steven Gerrard’s side face Celtic shortly after the international break so they will want to sort out any lingering issues long before the Old Firm Derby.
However, Itten has shown he can overcome adversity, as he bagged a brace against Motherwell in his third game back from a short spell on the sidelines. After all, nobody is perfect, and everyone is allowed a day off every once in a while. At least it wasn’t with the Gers! Fans will be keeping their fingers crossed that he shows signs of improvement before he returns to the Ibrox outfit.
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