Jackie McNamara claims that West Brom were willing to take a “big risk” by bidding for Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos before the transfer deadline.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Celtic star and Scotland international says that the Colombian’s disciplinary record and attitude appear to be keeping prospective suitors at bay despite his goal scoring exploits at Ibrox.
The South American star hit 30 goals across all competitions last season but was also sent off five times, with 16 yellow cards to his name.
It was reported on Wednesday that West Brom had seen a late £10million-plus offer for the 23-year-old turned down by the Glasgow giants and McNamara says that it shows the Baggies were willing to take a gamble on his capture.
Asked if Morelos has what it takes to make the grade in England, McNamara told Football Insider: “That’s the big question – you don’t know until he goes down there. A lot of teams are looking for strikers and they’re the ones that cost the most money.
“There doesn’t seem to be the demand for him so far. Possibly his attitude, his disciplinary record, five sendings off. They’ll look at every aspect of it, his all-round game, his goals and if somebody wants him they’ll bid for him.
“For that money, they’ll see it as a big risk, obviously West Brom thought it was a risk that was a good opportunity.”
Morelos’ two seasons at Rangers have seen him score at a rate better than a goal every two games, with 52 strikes in 96 appearances in all competitions.
As stated by McNamara, he has often found himself on the wrong side of the officials with both a number of red cards as well as retrospective bans for his behaviour.
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