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Umar Set For Perugia Loan Switch From Roma

Umar Set For Perugia Loan Switch From Roma

Nigeria forward, Sadiq Umar, will head to Italian Serie B side, AC Perugia on loan next month upon his return from his difficult spell with Scottish outfit, Glasgow Rangers, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Umar, 21, linked up with Rangers on a one-year loan deal at the beginning of the season from Italian side, AS Roma, but has struggled for regular playing time at the club.


He has made just five appearances for the Light Blues and has failed to start a Scottish Premier League game during a terrible five months.

The Scottish Sun reported last week that Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard
has given the green light for Umar to leave Ibrox, even with three weeks before the transfer window opens for him to land a replacement.

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According to a report in the Italian media, Roma and Perugia have reached an agreement for the forward’s loan move to the latter with the last few details to be sorted out.

Umar could also have his medical on Tuesday, while the move will be official as soon as the transfer window reopens in January.

The forward linked up with with Roma from another Italian club, Spezia in 2016 for a fee around £2m and scored two goals from six Serie A appearances in his first season at the club.

Umar has also enjoyed loan spells at Bologna, Torino and Dutch club, NAC Breda.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • This was the guy some people here were castigating the coach for not inviting when he got a loan deal with Ranger then. So what can you say about him now? When a player hit small form they started shouting that the coach sud invite him without considering the kind of detriment it will be to the player. Like they think combining international football with club is easy.

  • Run, run as fast as your slim legs can take you , away from the Ibrox. It is clear that you didn’t ‘hit it off’ with Stephen Gerrard – shame.

    I had thought that for someone who played with Peter Crouch – a player similar in build and style of play with Sadiq Umar – in his playing days, Gerrard would somehow fit Umar into Ranger’s team philosophy. It didn’t happen .

    Now Sadiq must seek somewhere else to call home and according to the article above, Perugia in the Italian tier 2 is the touted destination.

    __Failed Scottish Adventure__

    So, where did it all go wrong for a striker who was quoted earlier in the year that he was good enough to make the Super Eagles team to the world cup in Russia. Now, he is not even good enough for an average club in an average league – what a pity.

    I have found it difficult to get hard facts as to why Sadiq failed miserably in Scotland however below are the factors I think could have contributed:

    1) Niggling injury: maybe Sadiq is carrying a niggling injury that he has found hard to shake off which have erroded his effectiveness.

    2) Attitude: maybe he has exhibited a pattern of behaviour in training or in various situations that haven’t endeared him to his coaches.

    3) Criticism: perhaps Umar hasn’t responded well to constrictive criticisms from stakeholders.

    4) Objectives: probably, in the eyes of his managers, Sadiq has failed all the objectives that they set for him.

    5) Loss of form: it could be that Sadiq lost his form at the worst possible time in his Rangers career – when he was meant to impress his managers – and they just lost patience with him.

    6) Recruitment policy: perhaps because of Rangers’ recruitment policy, it wasn’t Coach Gerrard who was instrumental in bringing Sadiq to the club. Because of this, Gerrard may have dilaiked him from the start leading to the inevitable outcome that we now have.

    Whatever the case, I really wish Sadiq a much better experience where he is going than where is coming from.

    They should also help him see a Therapist who should help the Olympic bronze medalist pump up the confidence that his stay in Scotland would have inadvertently chipped away.

  • Greenturf 3 years ago

    A shame indeed for a player with great potentials and huge expectations.
    Sadiq continued that impressive form from the Olympics in Rio where he scored 4 goals and won the bronze medals for all his troubles to NAC BREDA.Expectations was on the high from home fans who grew tired of the poor returns of Ighalo and hoping an answer to our striking problems is just a matter of time and the crusader everyone was hoping to bring a light to that dark super eagles attack is that bin poled leggy striker Sadiq Umar.
    Sadly all that hopes went in the air like the smokes to the wind.
    Apparently,he’s long forgotten by fans and the much maligned Ighalo astonishingly restored confidence and hope on the fans with unbelievable rains if goals so good that the likes of Sadiq is profoundly lost in the minds of supporters sadly so.
    However,I still believe in this player and moving to a modest perugia where our own kingsley Michael is doing great things could be the springboard he needs to achieve something and get his career kicking.
    To be honest no disrespect to Rangers but for a player like Sadiq to be fourth choice in the pecking order is ridiculous.Rangers we all know is not in the class of psg or Barcelona I wonder how Sadiq can be so lowly rated to the extend he didn’t get even a minute of action in the spl is something I cannot understand.
    Well we can only wish him well in Perugia.
    God bless Sadiq and God bless Nigeria.

    • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

      Greenturf Rangers is not a small club check their pedigree except for the bankruptcy that affected them last few years and as for Umar I remember before the World Cup he was full of himself and even did not honor the home based Atletico friendly match because he is a big boy while the rest of Nwakali and Musa honored that match. Note any player who tries to be bigger than country always fall in shame E.g Victor Moses Chuba Akpom now he is coming back and even Ozil of Arsenal is suffering today! Always learn to forgive your country regardless of any bad administration Vincent Enyeama our great GK where is he today? This is a big lesson for all this big headed lads to humble themselves.