Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos was box-office entertainment over the course of the 2018/19 campaign and now, speculation is growing over a possible move south of the border to Selhurst Park.
The 23-year-old Colombian has won the hearts of fans from the blue side of Glasgow with his high-intensity, goal-heavy, all or nothing approach to the game during his time at Ibrox but with the Eagles known to be keen on landing a new striker over the course of the summer window, Morelos himself fuelled the fires over a possible switch to south London when retweeting a post linking him with a move.
Alfredo Morelos tem sido um dos nomes mais especulados até aqui na janela e poderá pintar na Premier League – o Crystal Palace é um dos interessados.
O atacante colombiano de 23 anos foi descoberto pelo Rangers no HJK, da Finlândia, e comprado por apenas € 1,20 milhão em 2017. pic.twitter.com/Q2nMy60q0D
— De Primeira (@blogdeprimeira_) July 9, 2019
In a tweet which he’s now undone, the striker shared a message which hinted that he may be on the move to the Premier League with Crystal Palace this summer. It’s more than likely to be a player carelessly allowing his own ego to be massaged without thinking through the consequences but whatever the thinking was behind Alfredo’s press of a thumb, it’s certainly got people talking.
Whilst I have no doubt that Morelos’ finishing ability would be a real plus for Palace during the 2019/20 campaign, we must also take into account his reputation as a major hot-head. The top tier of English football is littered with players who take the art of winding up their opponents extremely seriously; a fact which may hamper any success Alfredo has, especially in the early days of a move.
On the face of things I have to admit that Morelos doesn’t exactly strike me as a Roy Hodgson player but the gaffer has certainly proven himself to be both adaptable and open-minded over the course of more than 40 years in management. If the story does have legs, I’ll be fully behind it but as things stand, I can certainly see both pros and cons to Palace pulling the trigger on a deal for the Colombian frontman.