Steven Gerrard’s decision to dispense with Josh Windass on transfer deadline day in August certainly raised eyebrows.
Windass was Rangers’ joint-top scorer last season with 18 goals in all competitions but was sold to Wigan Athletic for what looked like a surprisingly low fee of just £2.5 million.
Speaking to talkSPORT (20 September), the former Accrington Stanley midfielder indicated that he was forced out of Ibrox and had initially hoped to play a big role under Gerrard in Glasgow.
But it seems that Wigan fans are now seeing why Rangers let Windass leave on the cheap. The 24-year-old has scored just once in ten games since arriving in Lancashire and, looking at the reactions to his display on Saturday, many Latics supporters have already lost patience.
Windass was subbed off with 20 minutes to go as Wigan were battered 4-0 away at a Preston side who had not won since the opening day.
And, tellingly, much of the criticism will ring a few bells for Rangers fans. Windass’s work rate and ability to influence a game is under question at Wigan. Many Gers supporters expressed a similar view about the enigmatic midfielder last season.
With Rangers flying in Windass’s absence, beating the previously undefeated Hearts 3-1 on Sunday, it seems that Gerrard got another decision correct.
Winger, not a winger...who cares. My issue is he cannot keep the ball and all his passes find the opposition. Basics. Cannot keep the ball. Not being a winger doesn't change that.— Pete (@Islandhopper74) October 7, 2018
Windass arguably been poorest player since coming into the side and has made our left flank really weak. McManaman needs to be given a run of starts. Shown yesterday his energy and willingness to run at players can make things happen. #wafc— Neil Burrows (@NeilBurrowsUK) October 7, 2018
Hate to get involved, but Josh Windass THINKS he is a striker. He's definitely not. He's a problem. Unless you have a system built around carrying a passenger then you're on a hiding to nothing. Talented, yes. But too many missing parts.— Every Saturday We Follow (@LoyalBluenose86) October 6, 2018
If Josh Windass has his name in the starting team again this season I'll start to loose faith in the management. Absolutely awful #wafc— Jamie (@JamieDerby99) October 6, 2018
The difference made by bringing Callum on today just shows why he should be starting ahead of Windass every single game. Creating chances, should have won a pentaly and actually has a bit of passion for the club #wafc— Jamie (@JamieDerby99) October 6, 2018
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