Scottish Premiership

Rangers signing Cedric Itten can be their new focal point

The 23-year-old was the Swiss Super League's second-top goalscorer last season and joined the Ibrox club this week

 
5:00pm on Thursday 6th August 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

This week Rangers completed deals for two new centre-forwards - Kemar Roofe of Anderlecht and Cedric Itten of St.Gallen.

Manager Steven Gerrard has spoken of his desire to bolster his attacking ranks, and even though recruitment was always likely, two high-profile additions probably signal the end in Glasgow for Alfredo Morelos, who has already attracted the attention of Lille.

Roofe comes to Scottish football as more of a known quantity than Itten having featured for Leeds in the English Championship before moving to Belgium.

23 yrs - F, AM (C) - Rangers
71
Defending
Creative
Passing
Attacking
Shooting
Decisive
Aerials
Physical
JavaScript chart by amChartsLDefendingCreativePassingAttackingShootingDecisiveAerialsPhysical10-10-5051015100%
2629
Played matches
34
19
5
Shots P90
3.56
Shots On target P90
1.64
Duels won P90
6.09
Touches in box opp P90
5.99

Itten, though, could present the more interesting prospect. St.Gallen finished second in the Swiss Super League this season, with Itten's return of 19 goals in 34 appearances also seeing him finish as the league's second-highest goalscorer.

His reputation as a 'fox in the box' is highlighted by the fact that all but one of his goals in the league were scored from inside the area, while he also scored more headers than anyone else (five).

Cedric Itten, 2019/20

Itten played 2629 minutes in the Swiss Super League this season (30 starts and four substitute appearances), making him one of St.Gallen's key players in the campaign.

In his 50 appearances, 42 have came as the focal point of the attack in the centre-forward position, with him on occasion asked to play slightly further back. There is no doubt that, for Rangers, he will play as a classic No. 9, with players like Ryan Kent, Ianis Hagi, and Steven Davis operating in the areas around him.

Spearheading the attack allows him to bring other players into the game, as displayed by his six Big Chances created which translated into five assists, though his style is not really based around being regularly involved in the build-up; he plays just 22.9 passes P90 with a completion rate of 63%.

One other quirk is that, despite being 6ft 2, he wins less than half of his aerial duels. That's something he may have to work on depending on how Rangers set up against various opposition, perhaps in Europe.

Itten 19/20

StatisticScoreRank
Minutes2629N/A
Goals19#2
Non-Pen Goals P900.58#5
Shots On Goal P903.6#9
Assists5N/A
Goals + Assists24#2
Big Chances Created6N/A
Touches P9039.9N/A

Itten does all of his best work when putting the ball in the net from inside the six yard box or closer; a number of goals are opportunist, close-range finishes taking advantage of a deflection or a goalkeeper save. He has clear instincts for where things will drop and that bodes well for Rangers, considering they are a side that regularly create plenty of chances domestically.

The 23-year-old suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury in the 2018/19 season and he missed virtually the entire campaign, which stalled his career somewhat.

But in a largely unfancied St Gallen side he has shown glimpses of what he is capable of, and an indication that he could be a reliable replacement for the goals of Morelos, if (or when) the Colombian moves on.

Cedric Itten - Profile, Statistics, Matches

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