Rangers have been dealt a major blow this week (Friday) after Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed Kemar Roofe has suffered a knee injury.
With Alfredo Morelos already out for the rest of the season, the forward line is depleted without Roofe who is expected to miss the next two to three games if not more.
Roofe was outstanding against St Mirren and also impressed against Braga and Celtic.
Losing it before the semi-final against RB Leipzig is a blow for the Gers.
Van Bronckhorst has suggested the club will have to find a solution to counter the problem, and the Dutchman is pinning his hopes on Sakala.
The Dutchman said in the pre-Motherwell press conference, via Daily recording: “He [Sakala] played well in this position in the last two games.
“We have limited options up front, but the other players have to get up and have more time to play, but that’s why you have a great squad – for times like this. When the players are not not available, the others must show their quality.
The 25-year-old is known for his devastating pace but needs to improve other aspects of the game, mainly positional awareness and finishing.
That said, he has been used as a striker by the Dutchman in recent games, including against Braga in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final in Portugal.
Sakala was a disappointment in this game and was taken off shortly after the break. His moves were predictable and failed to trouble the opposing defence.
However, Roofe’s injury opens up an opportunity for the Zambian striker to prove a point to his manager. A solid performance against Motherwell is needed.
We’ve seen how Borna Barisic has reclaimed his place in the side, and Sakala must seize this opportunity with both hands.
In other Rangers news. this reporter backed van Bronckhorst to reshape the team over the summer.