How good was Michael Mols?

Lemmy

Well-Known Member
#55
The player he was post injury, and he was a great player post injury, is testament to the phenomenal player he was pre injury. They guy literally had to rethink his whole game post injury as he no longer had the same level of movement.

Could very possibly have been the difference maker for us in Europe and gone on to great things. If he hadn’t been such a nice guy and save Kahn from a sore one his career would have been very different.
 
#59
Honestly believe he would have turned out to be 1 of the best players in Europe, if not the world. The guy in his first season with us was outstanding. 1 of my favourite Rangers players growing up.

*Did he join us when he was 29 years old? Surely not?
 
#65
He was incredible. Genuinely verging on world class. His whole game was about quick twisting and turning and when he gubbed his knee he was never the same again albeit still a good player.

I'm sure he was the top scorer in the Dutch League the season before we signed him and we beat Ajax to his signature.
 
#66
My first memory of Rangers was the team of 99. Had this man’s name on the back of the NTL home top. My absolute hero alongside Stefan Klos.

The injury against Bayern broke my heart (it wasn’t Kahn’s fault before anyone has a go) - how good do you think he would have been if that didn’t happen?

I was young at the time, but I reckon he would have been good enough to sign for a Champions League contender.

Spent my summer trying to mimic his famous turn (most of the time I fell on my arse).
Pre Kahn tackle he was awesome!
 
#69

See for all the goal are excellent, it was the sheer fear he put into defenders when he was moving and turning them inside out that stood out for me.

We've had lots of goalscorers. I've never seen anyone at his level for skill at speed including Laudrup and Gascoigne.

Like Thuram says of R9 for defenders, the ball was there and then it wasnt. That's what Mols was doing to Parma and Munich levels of opposition.
 
#70
It was a complete tragedy what happened to him.

I get the hype but only to an extent-I'm not as convinced as others he would have been an all time great. Some of the comparisons are OTT-he looked tremendous but he simply didn't play enough games at his maximum ability for us to be sure how good he would have been.
 
#75
My first memory of Rangers was the team of 99. Had this man’s name on the back of the NTL home top. My absolute hero alongside Stefan Klos.

The injury against Bayern broke my heart (it wasn’t Kahn’s fault before anyone has a go) - how good do you think he would have been if that didn’t happen?

I was young at the time, but I reckon he would have been good enough to sign for a Champions League contender.

Spent my summer trying to mimic his famous turn (most of the time I fell on my arse).
He had already signed for a CL contender.

Make no mistake, if he’d not been injured we’d have been real contenders that season for the CL.
 
#78
I remember when we were rumoured to sign him, there was a supporter of the other side in the pub I drank in who watched loads of Dutch football. Thought I was gonna get the usual he's a dud talk. Instead he raved and raved about how good a player Rangers were getting and he wasn't lying. I doubt we would have kept on to him too long if he didnt get Injured, pure class, a level above.
He wasnt playing at a great level before he arrived and neither was he young. At their peaks McCoist was a far superior player. Mols was very very good but git better the longer he was retired.
 
#80
If we really had a chance to build around him at his pre injury best then he would have no doubt in my mind have went on to be a great of our club.

He was truly world class I think. As a striker he had unbelievable ability, instinct and could finish.

Loved that he still came back and contributed, but clearly wasn't the same.
 

TQ3

Well-Known Member
#81
As amazing as his turns were, and they were as good as any player I have ever seen live. He was actually lethal, scoring volleys/tap ins, a wide variety of goals. Over all, he was one of the finest footballers I have watched, mesmerising and exciting. I, like so many others, thought he was the player that could take us to another level, before his injury.
I still marvel at Micheal Mols talent, a one off.
 
#82
What an unbelievable player he was. You can't teach the way he turned players inside out...to an extent it was unnatural the way he could twist and turn away from defenders, can't really think of anyone who had that type of movement and awareness in the box with their back to goal and I include the best of the best in that statement. If we had a fit mols for three or four seasons he would be mentioned in our all time 11 in my opinion
 
#95
It's been hinted at but not said explicitly: Mikey Mols is an absolute gent and about the nicest man you could ever care to meet.

That match vs Bayern was a real heart-breaker. We absolutely battered them that night.

Edit: Khan did not assault/commit a hard tackle on Mols so away with this pish.
 
#98
Mols could collect a 60mph pass, turn and he was away. Fk me he was a special talent until that German pwick Oliver Khan fked up his Rangers career. I now wonder if the modern day treatments we have for his type of injury would have sustained his career back then. Who knows.
 
Top