In Focus: Alfredo Morelos could solve Aston Villa’s goalscoring woes

According to reports in the Glasgow Evening Times, Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has given Aston Villa and four of their Championship rivals hope that they could sign in-form striker Alfredo Morelos.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Glasgow Evening Times says that Villa, along with their Championship rivals Derby County, Barnsley, Bristol City and Reading are all credited with having an interest in the Colombian attacker, who only moved to Ibrox this summer.

The 21-year-old has quickly hit the ground running for the Scottish giants though, and the performances of the former HJK Helsinki man haven’t gone unnoticed south of the border.

Caixinha has also given his suitors hope by telling the Glasgow Evening Times: “You form the players, create the players, coach the players. After, you sell the players. It is a normal process in football.”

Steve Bruce’s side have won just two of their opening eight Championship fixtures this term despite being the pre-season favourites for promotion, while they have scored just 10 goals during that period – although seven of those came in two games against Norwich City and last weekend against Barnsley.

Why would Villa want Morelos?

Rangers decided to sign the Colombian from HJK Helsinki during the summer after he scored 20 goals in 25 appearances in all competition for the Finnish outfit last term, with the hope that he could be prolific for them too.

With no goals in his first three appearances in all competitions for the Scottish Premiership giants it seemed as though the South American attacker could take some time to settle, but he has since netted eight times in his last seven outings to catch the attentions of a number of scouts.

Villa certainly look as though they need more goals and ruthlessness in the penalty area right now, and Morelos has suggested with his pace, energy and finishing abilities that he could deliver for them.

Would he be a good signing for Villa?

While there does appear to be some question marks over his temperament, you can’t argue with Morelos’ record in front of goal and he could certainly boost a frontline and provide support to Jonathan Kodjia and Keinan Davis while the likes of Scott Hogan and Gabby Agbonlahor are struggling for fitness and form.