JERMAIN DEFOE has been hugely impressed with what he has seen so far from his in-form Colombian teammate Alfredo Morelos.
Rangers’ top scorer took his goals tally for the 2018/19 season to 27 last night when we fired four past Kilmarnock to help his side win 5-0 at Ibrox and progress to the quarter-final stage of the William Hill Scottish Cup.
Defoe watched on from the bench as El Bufalo ran riot and he believes at the age of 22 he will only get better.
Speaking at today’s pre-match press conference at the Hummel Training Centre alongside manager Steven Gerrard, Defoe said: “Obviously he’s got huge potential, a lot of quality, and he’s a goalscorer.
“He’s someone who is hungry to score goals and you can see that in training. That appetite is something I believe you are born with, it’s not something you can coach.
He knows where to go in the box and people talk about scoring tap-ins, but it’s being in the right place at the right time. It’s an art.
“So he’s got so much potential and he’s still young. I remember when I was young and I was at West Ham. I had the likes of Les Ferdinand and Ian Wright to sort of help me to progress.
“Obviously at this stage of my career now hopefully I can give something back to the younger players and try and help.”
Defoe insists the language barrier is not an issue when he plays or trains with fans favourite Alfredo.
He added: “It is football and when you have that sort of quality, at times you don’t even have to talk, you just have that understanding.
“He’s a clever player and for someone who doesn’t speak good English he’s quite vocal on the pitch to be honest.
“He’s a winner, a leader and, like I said, when you have that sort of awareness, a lot of the times it’s just eye contact and you just know. But he’s got huge potential.”