Journalist Jonny McFarlane has compared divisive Rangers forward Malik Tillman with former player Charlie Adam.
Despite the 20-year-old netting the winner for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men in their midweek outing – a 1-0 Scottish Premiership win over Hearts – his work ethic still came in for plenty of scrutiny after the game.
Indeed, his manager has even told the press that Tillman needs to work on taking more ‘responsibility’ in games in terms of what he can bring to the team defensively.
When discussing Tillman on the Rangers Review YouTube channel, McFarlane said that he has plenty of quality but a lack of basics reminds him of former player Adam.
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Backing up what McFarlane has said, a 2009 article in Bleacher Report claims that Adam is ‘Rangers’ engima’, explaining that he is is a brilliant player – who could be a ‘footballing monster’ – but has issues relating to fitness, speed and tracking back.
As made clear by the comments above from Van Bronckhorst, that other side of the game is something Tillman also struggles with and so it’s easy to see why the comparison has been made.
Of course, like Adam, who ended up at Liverpool eventually, Tillman could reach a high level. Still only 20, he has that experience in Munich under his belt, while he has shown glimpses of his quality with five direct goal contributions in the league this term.
However, if he wants to make it at Rangers first, he may have to improve on his wider game.