THE SECRET SCOUT: Joe Morrell was picked to start for Wales against England by manager Ryan Giggs… the Bristol City star showed signs of his quality with an energetic midfield display
Our scout is a top football expert who attends matches each week searching for the next star. He’ll bring you his verdict in Sportsmail.
NAME: Joe Morrell
CLUB: Bristol City
MIDFIELD VALUE: £2.5m
Joe Morrell of Bristol City and Wales is the latest name targeted by Sportsmail’s Secret Scout
WHAT HAS HE GOT?
Playing as the deepest of a three-man midfield with licence to break forward, Morrell’s attacking instincts were curbed because his team had less of the possession in this game.
Although not the biggest, he got through a busy evening’s work, keeping an eye on the visitors’ No 10 while moving forward to support the other midfielders only occasionally.
His game was resourceful — winning tackles, getting the ball early and spreading the play with a couple of searching cross-field balls. Never far from the centre of the field, at one stage I wondered if he was almost welded to the centre circle.
Morrell (right) is capable of winning the ball, getting the ball early and spreading the play
At 5ft 8in, he showed no fear in challenging more hefty opponents and was brave enough to take a heavy one himself.
Tackling is a strong point but in the second half he could not command the ball as his team came under pressure.
I saw energy and battling qualities and a good example set to his team-mates. He looks a real team player.
Occasionally he may attract a yellow card but he has more pluses than minuses.
WHAT DOES HE NEED?
I would like to have seen him break forward more, but one is never sure of the coach’s instructions.
Morrell (left) has been called up to Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad for the October internationals
Although he did well to manoeuvre himself out of a couple of tight situations, he would have been more able to do this if he had confidence in his left foot. He did not play a pass with it all night.
The Welshman played for his country on Thursday against England and I expect a successful season for him at Bristol City, who are top of the Championship with four wins from four.
He has been a slow burner through several loans and has shown he has the will and character to succeed.
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