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Egypt-eligible Sam Morsy settles in at Chesterfield with typical bite
Football blogger Adam Gray, who has a passion for the English lower-leagues and the production of young players, has been interested in the progression of Sam Morsy, who qualifies to play for Egypt through his father, since his emergence at Port Vale and he will be monitoring the next chapter of his career at Chesterfield on KingFut.com.
“We moved heaven and earth to get him here,” said Chesterfield manager Paul Cook after signing Sam Morsy on an undisclosed fee in the summer following his refusal to sign a new deal at Port Vale. Cook’s desperation to get the midfielder in has shown in Chesterfield’s early season form as he has entrusted Morsy with every single minute of the Spireite’s opening four games.
His early performances have suggested he is a solid addition to the Chesterfield ranks, offering protection to a defence that has so far shipped two goals in the league, both coming away at Rochdale on Saturday. It was the Spireite’s first dropped points of the season as the promotion contenders began with a 2-0 win at Bury and followed it up with a victory of a similar scoreline against Cheltenham. Their only defeat came against Leeds in the League Cup, Morsy again enjoying the full game against a side residing two leagues above.
Morsy was booked in that game and it has been a reflection of his tenacity and eagerness for the battle in midfield which has picked up two bookings in four games and sees him sit at the top of the League 2 foul count with 10 free-kicks given away. It was his trip of Michael Rose against Rochdale on Saturday which saw ‘keeper Tommy Lee bail out his midfielder by saving from George Donnelly. The relief would have been short-lived regardless as Chesterfield conceded another penalty, this time converted, just seconds later, but it would have been apparent to Cook, if it wasn’t before, about the need to clean up Morsy’s indiscipline.
It was Rochdale, coincidentally, that would have sparked bad memories of last year for Morsy, sent off for Port Vale in an incident from which he never recovered his place in the side. The 21-year-old had cemented a place in midfield alongside Chris Shuker before the dismissal for the foul on Jason Kennedy in the 2-2 draw at Vale Park. After that he failed to hold his place in Micky Adams’s team, being left out for the following six weeks and compounding his misfortune by picking up a suspension for dissent against Bristol Rovers. In his 32 appearances for Vale last season, the young Egypt-eligible midfielder picked up nine yellow cards and one red.
Port Vale’s assistant manager Mark Grew warned Morsy’s new club in the summer about his need to control his aggression, saying “when he was 16 he was prone to a rush of blood to the head and he still has to learn his lesson.” The 21-year-old’s emerging talent was never in question as Vale saw enough promise to hand him 49 starts out of 78 appearances during his four year spell at the Staffordshire club. Though relations between the player and boss Micky Adams were strained after Morsy was called a “coward” who deliberately “went to hurt” Rochdale’s Kennedy, Grew expressed his regret at losing the youngster, saying “He’s a nice lad and there is no question he is a good player. I’m not saying he needs to take his aggression away, but he really needs to think about what he is doing.”
Cook subscribed to the 21-year-old’s talent upon taking him to Chesterfield but he remained aware of the issues the midfielder would bring, “he’s got that little bit of devilment in him that we’ll need to curb at times, but good players have that,” he said. After his opening four games, he will be left under no illusion of the task he faces in channelling Morsy’s game without risk of losing the bite and edge his game is based on at the base of midfield.
The Spireite’s new number 5 has settled into life at the Proact stadium very well however, hard into the tackle and breaking up the play assuredly as a holding midfielder to allow Jimmy Ryan and the 2 goal Gary Roberts to move forward in midfield. Though as Rochdale’s Andrew Tutte, Matt Done and Matthew Lund found out on Saturday, Morsy can get carried away in the tackle and he will have to work hard to keep it in check or risk further suspensions at his new club.