Reports from The Sun suggest that Werder Bremen lead a ‘pack’ of Bundesliga sides showing interest in Antonio Colak. The Croatian striker turns 30 in September and doesn’t seem to be part of Michael Beale’s plans.
Rangers need to move players on this summer. With the additions of Lammers, Sima and Dessers up top, some forwards need to depart. In this situation, Colak will be one of the easier sales. Currently in his prime and off the back of an impressive debut season at Ibrox, every club needs goal scorers.
Despite his goal scoring record, he doesn’t seem to suit Beale’s style. He had one excellent performance against Hibs, then couldn’t replicate it again. When it came down to a choice, Beale often opted for Morelos.
This is what the article in question had to say on his future;
Werder Bremen head a Bundesliga pack eyeing a £2million move for Rangers striker Antonio Colak.
Bremen aren’t the only German top-flight outfit interested in taking him back to a league where he has already played for Nuremberg, Hoffenheim, Kaiserslautern, Darmstadt and Ingolstadt.
But there’s also interest from the MLS in America for the experienced former Rijeka and Malmo frontman.Colin Duncan for the Scottish Sun
As I said previously, with his record last season it’s no surprise that there’s interest. He’s a poacher in his prime. Unfortunately, he just doesn’t offer what Michael Beale wants it seems.
Should Colak be Sold?
I understand the reasoning from both sides. We’re talking about a player who scored 14 SPFL goals in 25 appearances (15 starts). He averaged a goal every 102 minutes with an 18% goal conversion rate.
On the other hand, he doesn’t offer a lot outside of the box. He’s playing in a side that wants to press high and quickly. That’s not his style. I mentioned previously his performance against Hibs, he done it well that night and hasn’t done it since.
He lacks pace and the ability to create opportunities for himself. He’s nothing like the forward players that have signed this summer. Could that be a good thing? Of course, but I don’t think that’s enough reason to keep him at Ibrox.
He’s also much easier to sell than Kemar Roofe. A fully fit Roofe would have many suitors, unfortunately he can’t stay fit for a prolonged period though. His injury issues and expected high salary would make him hard to sell.
Despite Colak’s injury issues this season it’s not something he’s had throughout his career. That plus his performances last season are the reason why there’s interest. The fact he’s easier to sell may be a factor in this deal and may be why he goes over Kemar Roofe.
Personally, I really like Antonio Colak. That being said, he was much better the first half of last season (minus that Hibs performance). The fact that Beale picked an out of form and clearly unfit Morelos over him at times tells you everything.
He’s a good finisher and intelligent striker but sometimes that isn’t enough. Would you sell Antonio Colak this summer with two years left on his deal? Or would you wait till January/next summer to see how Rangers start this season?