Sadiq Umar produces ‘unbelievably bad and world-class moments' – Ex-NAC Breda boss tells Gerrard & Rangers

The Nigeria youth international has been backed to lit Steven Gerrard’s team in the upcoming campaign despite his flaws

Former NAC Breda manager Stijn Vreven has advised Rangers fans and Steven Gerrard to expect ‘unbelievably bad and world-class moments’ from new-signing Sadiq Umar.

The 21-year-old teamed up with the Scottish Premier League club on a season-long loan deal this month for his fourth loan spell from Roma.

And his former boss at NAC Breda has urged the Ibrox Stadium outfit to gear up for inconsistent performances from the 2016 Olympics bronze medalist 'whose style is strange but in a good way'.

Umar joined the Dutch Eredivisie in the second half of last season where he returned five goals in 12 league matches.

“There were times with Umar that I would watch him and think ‘this is unbelievably bad’ and then 10 seconds later he would produce a world-class moment,” Vreven told Daily Record.

“That for me sums up Umar Sadiq. He would go from magic to nothing and then magic again. Rangers fans can be sure life won’t be dull with him in the team. His style is strange but in a good way.

“He has fantastic, crazy moments but he can score goals and he was really important for our team.

“It’s really difficult to play with him but that’s why it’s also difficult to play against him. He is an instinctive player and you don’t know what he’s going to do next. Rangers supporters should expect the unexpected.

“If I had one piece of advice for Steven Gerrard then it would be to close his eyes sometimes when watching Umar Sadiq and hope that he produces a moment of magic.

“I’ve never seen a player like him – he is one of a kind.”

Umar could make his Rangers debut when the Gers visit Osijek for their Uefa Europa League qualification fixture on Thursday.

But Vreven highlighted some of the challenges he faced with the Nigerian forward during his early days at the Rat Verlegh Stadion.

“The problem is that he plays as an individual and doesn’t think so much about the team or tactics. He is a little bit opportunistic," he continued.

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“Life was never smooth with Umar. For example, when we were eating together as a team he would forget and we’d find him sitting in the dressing room or he’d arrive late.

“It was just little things that he didn’t seem to be used to. Team meetings and things like that. It got better after a while but he was sloppy in the beginning.

“Umar is young and we had our problems and I had to keep saying to him that small things can make a big difference and when he sorts that out he can be a consistently magic player.”