Player Profile: Sam Morsy
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Name: Sam Morsy
Date of Birth: September 10, 1991
Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Current Club: Chesterfield FC (England)
Previous Club(s): Port Vale, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Position: Central Midfielder
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Sam Morsy was just seven years of age when he was inducted into the Wolverhampton Wanderers academy, where he spent the next nine years, before coach Tony Lacey deemed him unworthy of a youth contract. Former Port Vale man Lacey recommended the then 16-year-old to the Valiants’ youth development officer Bill Chetwyn. After being invited to Vale Park for a trial, he impressed coaches Mark Grew and Andy Porter, earning himself a place in Vale’s youth team. After watching him perform in a youth tie against Tranmere in 2008, Grew praised Morsy’s endeavour, saying he “kept wanting the ball and he wants to learn.” Grew continued: “He’s going to be a good midfield player no question about that.”
Although Morsy began to make the fringes of the Port Vale squad in the 2009/10 season, he managed to make just 1 league appearance as an 83rd minute substitute. Though he did enough to earn his first professional deal at the end of the season as well as winning the club’s Youth Team Player of the Year Award.
In the next season, the young midfielder made his breakthrough under new manager Jim Gannon, who described Morsy as “a really talented footballer with all the skills you want in a midfielder.” He made a total of 16 appearances, scoring his first senior goal for the club in a defeat against Stevenage and also won another individual honour, Vale’s Young Player of the Season. Furthermore, he was rewarded with a fresh 2-year-deal in time for the 2011/12 season, which he signed on April 1st.
Micky Adams returned to the club in the summer but Morsy had to settle for a reserve role, making 26 appearances with just 11 of them starts. However, the departure of Anthony Griffith to Leyton Orient opened up a void in the centre of the field and Morsy took advantage, making 20 starts and a further 8 as a substitute.
That turned out to be the young midfielder’s last season with the Staffordshire club however as Morsy experienced disciplinary problems, picking up 9 yellows and 1 red against Rochdale which incurred the wrath his manager Micky Adams. It led to Adams subjecting Morsy to a bit-part role as Vale earned promotion to League One, causing the midfielder to reject a new two-year contract as he left the club for League Two Chesterfield in the summer of 2013.
His time with the Spireites has so far been successful, a mainstay in a team that achieved promotion and were crowned champions of League Two, with Morsy being named their Player of the Year. Despite a serious knee injury which ruled him out for 2 months in October, the 22-year-old has made 39 appearances in which he has scored twice, the second a vital goal in the Johnstone Paint Trophy tie with Fleetwood Town which helped his Chesterfield reach Wembley for the show-piece final against Peterborough.
The midfielder, who has stated previously his desire to represent the country of his father, Egypt, is well thought of at Chesterfield and has developed into a fine midfielder under the guidance of manager Paul Cook. With the Spireites certifying their promotion to League One, an ever-maturing Morsy will be primed to take the next step of a very promising career.
– By Adam Gray
*Last updated on August 7, 2014
Morsy is physically slight at just 76kg filling out a sub-6ft frame at 175cm tall, but what the midfielder lacks in build, he makes up for in energy, charging around the centre of the park in order to win the ball back and then distribute it quickly and sensibly. The 22 year old often appeared alongside Ryan Burge or Chris Shuker in the beating heart of Adams’s favoured 4-4-2 system at Port Vale but at Chesterfield he has been used in the holding role of Paul Cook’s midfield 3, dictating the pace of the play next to Jimmy Ryan and League Two Player of the Year Gary Roberts.
His instructions are to remain disciplined in centre-midfield, and that is shown by the lack of goals that is notable in his career statistics. In a total of 95 games, Morsy has managed to score just 4 times with this season being his most prolific with two. Those numbers are at odds with a powerful right-foot which makes him a danger from long-range, scoring with a belting drive against Bristol Rovers back in February before he followed it up with a rasping effort in the JPT game with Fleetwood. He also scored a memorable 20-yard strike against Oxford in front of the SKY TV cameras for Port Vale.
His dangerous shooting was central to his best performance in a Chesterfield shirt, a Man of the Match display against Morecambe in which he ran the midfield and went close to scoring twice, once with a 20-yard curling effort that drifted narrowly wide before he stung the cross-bar with another belting shot. So accustomed to Morsy’s discipline as a midfield enforcer, Chesterfield’s fans started to encourage the former-Vale man to join attacks more frequently.
Morsy has been integral to Paul Cook’s attack-minded Chesterfield who with 62 goals scored possess the second-most potent attack in League Two. Cook often fields a top-heavy system with Marc Richards, Tendayi Darikwa, Jay O’Shea, Eoin Doyle and Mason Bennett at his disposal but Morsy is hugely important in not only offering defensive protection behind the line of attack but also when keeping possession ticking over and using his movement and vision to dictate the rhythm of Chesterfield’s play.
Despite his obvious ball-winning quality, Morsy’s youthful age and relative inexperience has seen his career tainted with the lack of discipline that saw his time at Vale end mutinously. The red card against Rochdale caused Micky Adams to clamp down hard on Morsy, leaving the player out for a period in a move designed to force the player to rethink his game. “It made me realise how much I want it,” said Morsy upon returning to the side against Cheltenham a full month after the incident, “that made me re-evaluate my game”.
After joining Chesterfield with the advice of Port Vale’s assistant manager to clean up his game and to monitor his temper, Morsy’s discipline has improved with just 8 yellows picked up during the 2013/2014 season. The young midfielder’s rugged playing style and bite in the tackle is inevitably going to attract the attention of the referee so bookings are to be expected but he has managed to curtail his formerly over-zealous challenging in order to avoid suspensions. It is a reflection of the growing maturity in the midfielder which promises to help him become a very gifted talent.
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