PAOK striker, Antonio Colak, is on the transfer radar of the Scottish Premiership side, Rangers. The 28-year-old striker spent the first half of the season out on loan at Swedish side Malmö. Colak scored two goals against Rangers last season in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers and ended their hopes of playing in the elite competition. His loan spell ended in January, and the player failed to cement a regular place in the PAOK lineup. The Greek team is looking to offload the player, and the Scottish side are the favourites to sign him. Rangers ended their last campaign without a striker in their squad for the last few games of the season. Injuries to Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe meant that Jow Aribo was leading the line for Rangers. Giovanni van Bronkhorst is looking to boost his attacking options for next season, and Colak could be leading the line for Rangers.
Colak made 14 appearances for Malmö in the UEFA Champions League qualification round and UCL group stages. In those 14 appearances, he managed to score five goals and also provide an assist. Malmö played with two strikers, and Colak started in every match. The above viz shows the ‘pass start’ location of the 28-year-old Croatian striker. He covered a lot of areas in the final and middle third of the opposition. He had 48 touches inside the opposition’s penalty box, with an average of 3.2 touches per 90 minutes. The striker was a threat to the opposition goal, and his overall xG rate was 3.63.
Colak played as the right striker in the team. The shot map shows that he attempted most of the shots from the right side. Overall, Colak attempted 29 shots with an average of 2.02 shots per 90 minutes. He managed to hit the target ten times and converted five opportunities. It can be noted that the striker likes to attempt his shots from inside the opposition’s penalty box. He scored his goals from similar spots inside the opposition’s penalty box.
The above map shows all the passes that were successfully delivered by the striker. Colak took very few touches towards the flanks. From the above pass map, it can be noticed that Colak distributed a lot of passes towards the centre and the wings. Colak attempted 207 passes with a passing accuracy rate of 77.29%. These 207 passes included 15 crosses, two smart passes, and three through passes.
Antonio Colak scored a brace against Rangers and helped Malmö complete a comeback victory. Now, the striker is looking for regular game-time and could end up playing in the Scottish Premiership.