GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers reacts during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It hasn’t been a delightful start to the season for Aston Villa following their return to the Premier League. The Villans are flirting with relegation with just 11 points on the board, three behind 18th placed Watford at the moment.

They have appeared unlucky on several occasions. But, manager Dean Smith will look to solve his side’s lack of productivity in the final third in the upcoming January transfer window. And in this article, we will discuss why Aston Villa must make a move for Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos.

They lack a reliable goalscorer

The absence of a reliable goalscorer has been one of the key reasons behind Aston Villa’s demise this season. The newly-promoted Premier League outfit notably broke the bank to sign Wesley Moraes in the summer, for a fee of €25 million.

But, the Brazilian has faltered miserably so far. He has struggled to keep up with the pace of English football, and though he has shown impressive work-rate, at times, the end product has been missing. Wesley has scored four goals in twelve matches, but Villa need a bit more responsible forward, especially when it comes to finding the back of the net.

Backup striker Jonathan Kodija has featured in only 20 minutes of league football, notably picking up a niggle earlier in the campaign. As for Keinan Davis, he is yet to score a goal in the Premier League in the 74 minutes of football he has played so far.

Morelos is one of the most lethal South American strikers

Morelos is arguably the best striker playing in the Scottish Premiership and is also one of the top South American strikers at the moment. The statement made in the previous sentence is due to his incredible scoring record since joining Rangers in 2017.

Indeed, the Colombian has netted an incredible 70 goals in just 117 competitive matches for the Scottish giants. Forty of those goals came in the Premiership while the striker has also registered 26 assists in all competition.

Like any other modern striker, Morelos is blessed with excellent positioning sense that allows him to create space for himself even in tight areas of the pitch. Not to mention, the 23-year-old is a confident attacker, who won’t be bogged down even if he misses a couple of clear cut opportunities. It is a sign of a top-quality striker.

His gameplay is matured, of late

Teams often don’t consider Morelos because of his awful disciplinary record. The lack of temperament and composure was his biggest issue, with the forward often accumulating a lot of red cards throughout the campaign. However, that has improved a lot this season as we can see the influence Steven Gerrard has had on the youngster.

Morelos is now finally looking ready to make the jump to the Premier League purely because of how his overall game-play has matured in recent times. In fact, the Rangers’ number nine has picked up only one yellow card in the league this season, which is quite impressive given his history.

Therefore, Aston Villa should definitely consider making a move for the Colombian as they aim to improve their attacking department in January.

Jack O’Brien

A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.