Just over a month ago, Alfredo Morelos was on top of the world as he joined up with Colombia’s national squad and got ready for his chance on the big stage.
The Rangers player was riding high, ready to make an international debut, and buoyed by the confidence of his manager Steven Gerrard.
The Colombian media wanted to know all about how Gerrard was getting on with Morelos at Rangers, and the striker couldn’t have been any clearer: “I’m happy with a coach who is giving me the opportunity to play. I am growing a lot as a player and a person, it is motivating because he’s given me a lot of confidence and is very aware of me.”
A few days after those comments, Morelos spoke again to the Colombian, with his Scottish Premiership club on the agenda: “I feel very happy, I hope to do everything in the best way, just like it is at Rangers. Now I have to enjoy this time with the national team, with the scoring aim, to take advantage of my opportunity to make the goals I hope for.”
Morelos got around 10 minutes against Venezuela, had a good chance and missed it, and with the competition for strikers in the Colombian squad, he hasn’t been called up for the current break.
That’s not to say he’s being ignored.
A good scoring run has made the news and Colombia’s Futbolete say ‘El Búfalo’ is ‘on a roll’, they feel not being called this time has been a ‘wake-up call’.
Caracol also cover Morelos’ goalscoring form and say his ‘love affair’ with Rangers continues.
If he continues like this then maybe the next international break will provide better news for the 22 year old.