Kevin Phillips has claimed Alfredo Morelos is having greater influence in the Rangers build-up play this season – just like Harry Kane at Tottenham.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said Morelos, 25, will ultimately be judged on his goals by the media but insisted his “all round game will not go unnoticed by his manager”.
Morelos has contributed 13 goals and 12 assists in 33 appearances across all competitions this season.
While he already has three more assists than in the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign, his goals-per-game ratio has significantly reduced.
Last season he averaged a goal every 1.62 games, while this season he has averaged a goal every 2.54. (Wyscout)
When asked for his assessment of Morelos’ goalscoring form, Phillips told Football Insider:
“It is always a tough one because by the media you are ultimately judged by your goals. But, by Gerrard he won’t be. His all-round game will not go unnoticed by his manager. He will always come out and back him.
“Kane is another player who has been dropping deeper and helping in the build up more often this season but he is still scoring a lot of goals. He has scored a hatful this season.
“I remember when I started dropping a little bit deeper and it can affect your numbers, as we have seen with Morelos.”
Speaking on Morelos last week, Gerrard, as quoted by the Glasgow Times, said: “When you are talking about a talent like Alfredo, people automatically just judge him on goals.
“But as his manager who works with him every day, I think he has evolved in the time he has been here.”