Rangers Legend Barry Ferguson Expresses Early Verdict on Fabio Silva’s Performance

Gers boss Philippe Clement aimed to bolster the squad with dynamic players, and while Cortes and Diomande have received positive reviews, Ferguson has voiced concerns regarding Silva’s performance on the Go Radio Football Show. The 21-year-old, arriving with a stellar reputation, is yet to fully realize his potential, according to the Rangers legend.

Ferguson stated, “I want to see a bit more from him; there’s no doubt about that. His work rate is good; he’ll work hard for the team. But I’m expecting a bit more quality. Maybe that’ll come.”

Silva, who had two loan spells last season, provided glimpses of his capabilities. Nils Koppen, who scouted him at PSV Eindhoven, saw potential in the young striker. However, Ferguson remains uncertain, pointing out that Silva’s style differs significantly from Rangers’ previous strikers, reminiscent of Alfredo Morelos.

The Rangers legend acknowledged Silva’s work rate and versatility, noting his tendency to drop into spaces between the forward line and midfield. Ferguson suggested that lining up alongside Abdallah Sima, who vacates central spaces, could benefit Silva and the team.

Despite Silva’s reported £35 million transfer fee and a goal contribution every 130 minutes, there is a sense of expectation for more from the young striker. Philippe Clement, however, emphasizes the importance of goals coming from various sources.

Ferguson raised the question of whether Todd Cantwell’s increased goal-scoring coincides with playing alongside a more mobile and technically proficient striker. While Cyriel Dessers is getting chances, Silva’s contribution in tighter games has been highlighted.

Ferguson concluded by acknowledging Silva’s effort but urged him to adapt and develop his game to find more goal-scoring positions. The consensus is that if he achieves this, Silva has the potential to be an exceptional player for Rangers.


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