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VIDEO: Morsy strikes twice against Leeds to make his mark ahead of a big season
Sam Morsy said that he couldn’t wait until the start of the new season after he signed a new contract at Chesterfield, keeping him at the club until 2016 at least, and he showed that he will enter the new campaign in excellent form after he scored two goals in a pre-season friendly with Leeds.
Morsy’s career so far has only yielded 6 goals in 117 appearances with his game styled as a tenacious, combative holding midfielder, but the 22-year-old suggested that he had the quality to start adding goals to his game with a pair of well-taken strikes.
The first saw him steady the ball 20 yards away from goal as he took a pass from Eoin Doyle, before he unleashed a powerful, but well-controlled effort past Leeds’ goalkeeper Marco Silvestri. The second saw him latch onto a header by substitute Armand Gnanduillet to drill home a half-volley.
Aside from the goals, the ex-Port Vale youngster produced a composed display in the engine room of Chesterfield’s midfield, using his energy and ever-improving intelligence to give Paul Cook’s team a grip on proceedings. The inevitable pre-season rustiness would eventually take its toll however as he was replaced by Ritchie Humphreys with fifteen minutes to go.
His second had put the Spireites on course for a hard-fought victory but Daniel Jones’s tug on Sam Byram in the area gave the visitors their second penalty of the game and it was once again dispatched calmly by Rodolph Austin. Despite the late setback, Chesterfield’s fans would have seen enough from a spirited display, headed by last season’s player of the year Morsy, against higher-league opposition to boost optimism for the forthcoming campaign.
The Egypt-eligible midfielder played 34 times for Chesterfield as they gained promotion from League Two as champions and after pledging his immediate future to the club, Morsy is focussed on keeping the momentum going in League One.
“We’ve got a very strong spine to the team, with a mixture of youth and experience and strengthening the squad will give us a very good chance next season”, he said after signing the new deal. “
You saw what Rotherham did last season and if we strengthen I don’t see why we can’t have a really successful season.”
Chesterfield begin their campaign with a trip to Leyton Orient, last year’s beaten play-off finalists, in what promises to be a challenging start to the new season. However with Morsy’s solidly reinforcing the midfield alongside a newly-found licence to get forward, most likely next to Jimmy Ryan and Sam Hird in a hard-working midfield three, they will be eager to show they have the talent to cause an upset.
– By Adam Gray