Rangers’ two most expensive signings in the summer’s extensive recruitment drive have arguably proven to be the most disappointing.
Midfielder Carlos Pena was ripped to shreds following a poor performance in the Old Firm defeat to Celtic late last month while his Mexican international team-mate Eduardo Herrera hasn’t exactly added much up top.
In eight games, Herrera has hit the back of the net just twice. Though manager Pedro Caixinha will hardly be blameless if the 29-year-old continues to struggle.
After all, the Portuguese coach worked with Herrera during the striker’s loan spell at Santos Laguna in 2013/14. And a tally of six goals in 31 appearances in all competitions should perhaps have been seen as a warning.
Though while Rangers may still be wondering why they spent £1.5 million on the misfiring Mexican (Daily Record), his former club will likely be wishing they could turn back the clock.
Pumas UNAM are currently sitting bottom of the Liga MX table with just seven points from 11 games in 2017/18. And they have scored just nine times in that run too, a tally bettered by every side but one in the entire first division.
Whether the presence of Herrera in attack would have made a difference is open for debate. The nine-cap international hit the net just four times in Liga MX last season as Pumas finished second from bottom, after all.
The heady days between 2014 and 2016, where Herrera plundered 36 goals in two seasons in all competitions, appears a long way away. As it stands, both teams may be a little unhappy with how the deal has turned out.