The main focus when 26-year-old Sam Lammers was targeted was his recent goal scoring record. On paper, his domestic form in the last three seasons didn’t make for great reading;
- 22/23 – Empoli/Sampdoria – 33 Appearances (22 Starts) – 2 Goals
- 21/22 – Atalanta/Frankfurt – 17 Appearances (5 Starts) – 1 Goal
- 20/21 – PSV/Atlanta – 16 Appearances (2 Starts) – 1 Goal
46 appearances (29 starts) and a grand total of 4 goals. So, why was Michael Beale willing to spend £3m on him? Let’s take a look.
If his technical ability was ever in doubt, all you need to do is watch this clip below;
It genuinely doesn’t matter that this is ‘only in training’. The technique is truly outstanding. There’s less than a handful of players in the squad capable of this. Potentially only Cantwell and Roofe have this in their locker.
That’s something which will be a difference this year. Rangers have a forward who can make something out of absolutely nothing. That wasn’t a luxury the club had last season.
With the amount of chances Rangers create and this level of technique on show, I’m not worried about Sam Lammers. The fact he’s ambidextrous adds another element to his game.
Not having to work the ball onto your stronger foot is a massive advantage against defenders.
Realistically, you don’t see many 6’3 forwards with the ball control and dribbling abilities that Lammers possesses. That makes him a ‘unicorn’. Add in the fact that he’s got a decent turn of pace and holds up the ball well and you have a really exciting forward.
His ability on the ball allows him to create space for himself and others. That’s where I think he’ll thrive. Michael Beale had this to say when he signed;
Sam will give us great technical and tactical quality, being able to play in a variety of attacking positions as a number 10 or nine. He was the first player I met with as part of the planning for the new season and during our lengthy discussions, it was clear that we share the same ideas on football and on his personal development moving forward. He has a strong alignment to the other players in our squad.Michael Beale on Sam Lammers to RTV
I think Lammers will be used as a ten and it’s a role, I feel, he’ll thrive in. He can create for others and be a threat himself. I see his game playing out very similarly to Ronald de Boer’s, coincidence he also wore the number 14 shirt?
Sam Lammers is an incredibly gifted technical footballer. luck hasn’t gone his way in recent years with a bad knee injury at PSV and just being out of favour elsewhere.
That being said, I truly believe he can thrive at Rangers. His ability on the ball will be up there with the best in the league, as will his technique. The squad around him will create a lot of chances and give him the ability to show how good a finisher he is.
If he plays in the ten role, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended the season with 30 goal contributions. How well do you think Sam Lammers will do? what are you expectations of him going into this season?