Kenny Dalglish has singled out Rangers defender Calvin Bassey for praise following his performance against Borussia Dortmund last week.
The Nigerian has been a regular starter both at centre-half and left-back this season and Dalglish was keen to highlight the player’s form in recent games:
“I have to say Calvin Bassey was outstanding… He has just turned 22, but he played with maturity, and showed his positional sense and tactical knowledge to switch seamlessly from left centre-back to left wing-back in the second half. That move from Giovanni at half-time altered the flow of the game. It disrupted Dortmund, and gave Rangers more confidence. Calvin has lovely feet, a great turn of pace and is powerfully built. He, most definitely, is one to watch.”
Bassey has definitely stepped up to the plate this season. Not a great deal was expected of him when he was signed by Steven Gerrard on a free transfer back in 2020 but his development has been rapid over the past eighteen months.
There is still room for improvement, with parts of his game still a bit raw, but the 22-year-old is fully deserving of the praise he is receiving from Dalglish.
Whether Bassey ends up playing mostly as a centre-back or out wide, we shall have to wait and see, but he has the potential to go on and be a formidable player in either position.