In 2016 he was playing his football in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, for HJK and scored 30 goals in only 43 games, and he was only 20 at the time.
The Rangers man won a league medal in the Veikkausliiga in 2017, which is the premier division in Finland. It comprises of the top 12 clubs in the country.
Morelos was in the HJK side that went on to win the double when they were also successful in the Finnish Cup in 2017.
The following season he played 19 more games and scored 16 goals, before Rangers were tipped off and brought Morelos to Ibrox for between £800K and the £1 million mark.
The Colombian striker says his move will ‘most likely’ be this summer, and boss Steven Gerrard is very aware that he will lose his most valuable player.
What Gerrard is surely hoping for are a few things to happen first.
- Morelos continues to bang in the goals for Rangers.
- He gets some more caps for the Colombian international side.
- Morelos learns to control his fiery temper much better than he has lately.
If the young talented striker can tick all three of the above boxes, it will cost a minimum of £20 million to secure his services.
This amount would make Rangers happy to take the profit, but on the other hand, extremely sorry to lose such a prolific goalscoring talent.
I am often asked what I think of Morelos, and in my opinion it is all of the following.
- Morelos can lead the line brilliantly when played as a lone striker – now that is a huge asset for any team that eventually signs him.
- The striker is a proven marksman with 27 goals in 39 games so far this season.
- He works tirelessly up front and causes defenders to flap and foul him constantly.
- For his height of five feet, 10 inches, he scores many goals with his head, and he is as strong as a buffalo.
- The boy is a nightmare to play against, and gives lots of assists due to his pace, ability and clever football brain.
The English Premier League is where he has openly stated is his dream, and you never know, Brendan Rodgers might buy him for Leicester City.
Rodgers knows how big an asset he would be down south, having watched his undoubted ability at close quarters, and the progress made this season.
Former Manchester United assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlos Queiroz is apparently interested in watching Morelos as he prepares to name first Colombia squad.
Queiroz was named manager of the South American nation in February, and is reportedly considering Morelos in his long-term plans.
By naming Morelos in his first squad, what would the former Real Madrid and Portugal boss Queiroz have to lose, as he is not forced to play him.
He watched James Rodriguez play for Bayern Munich on Saturday and Carlos Bacca feature for Villarreal against Atletico Madrid.
“There are others I want to see too like David Ospina from Napoli, Radamel Falcao at Monaco and Alfredo Morelos at Rangers.
“There isn’t a great deal of time between now and the Copa America in June and we currently only have two games scheduled, so I want to meet as many of the squad as I can.”
Morelos has only one cap for his country, which he received last year when he came on for the last 13 minutes in a 2-1 friendly win against Venezuela, and assisted with the winning goal.
While Rangers fans will be sad to see Morelos go, it seems somewhat inevitable that the South American will feature in one of Europe’s top leagues before long.