Former Celtic winger Lewis Morgan made a positive impression last night as he made his Inter Miami debut at LAFC.
Morgan left Parkhead to join Miami in January after failing to make an impact under Neil Lennon this season. He was given big outings this term against the likes of Rangers and Rennes respectively, but after scoring just two goals during the first half of the season, his time was up.
The winger decided to make the leap to David Beckham’s new franchise club in Florida. Inter Miami have signed some decent MLS talent such as Luis Robles, Alvas Powell, and Will Trapp respectively. And the new boys made their debut in the competition last night in California.
Up against one of the most quality-packed sides in the USA, Miami more than held their own. Carlos Vela notched the only goal of the game before half-time, but Miami’s deliveries from the wide areas caused a host of problems for the Black and Gold.
Morgan was central to that threat too. Starting off slowly, it looked as though the game was going to pass him by. However, he grew into the match along with the rest of his team-mates as the first half wore on.
The former Celtic man put in a couple of terrific crosses in either half to cause panic in the LAFC defence. Had it not been for some profligate finishing, Beckham’s side would’ve been a couple of goals to the good before Vela struck.
Morgan’s ball-control was immense on the night, and he looked a picture of composure when he received it. His clever runs in behind weren’t always spotted by team-mates, but he was keen to make an impact. So much so that viewers last night were happy to point out his contribution on Twitter:
Lewis Morgan: B
Perhaps Inter's brightest spot on attack. He was sharp going forward. Too bad he didn't get enough help in key moments. He created some havoc when he touched the ball out wide. Came off for Agudelo at 78' and the attack wasn't the same.
— Nico Cantor (@Nicocantor1) March 2, 2020
#MLSisBack Despite losing their first game, I am really big on inter Miami. I love Pizarro, Lewis Morgan, and specifically, Pellegrini. I think they’re gonna surprise some people this year, I think once Julian Carranza is healthy that attack will be prolific
— Liam Hopkins (@lamae_shopkins) March 2, 2020
Pizarro really tried to make his presence felt for Inter Miami and Morgan looked lively too with Powell putting in a really solid display but Vela just had such an influence for Los Angeles with Rossi posing a threat while Rodriguez looked lively and Kaye put a shift in #LAFCvMIA
— JNSports (@JNSports1) March 2, 2020
Can Morgan cut it over the course of the season?
It’ll be extremely interesting from a Celtic perspective to see how Morgan fares over the course of the campaign. It will give us a glimpse as to what level the club is at with regards to the MLS.
Morgan, for example, was never anywhere close to being a first-team regular. Yes, Lennon gave him his opportunities this season, but he rarely took them. He always tried his best and ran his heart out for the team, but the quality wasn’t there.
The first thing you noticed about Morgan in Scotland was his lack of power. Too easily was he shrugged off the ball. Impressively, he managed to avoid getting into those kinds of situations last night. His clever runs often got him a yard or two ahead of the LA defenders for him to pick his spot with a cross.
It’s only one game, so you can’t take too much from it. However, this is an LA side who topped the Western Conference last season by 16 points and went on to win the Supporters’ Shield – an award given to the side with the most points in the entire MLS over the regular season.
To come up against that sort of talent and impress bodes well for Morgan and co. But there will be plenty of twists and turns as the season rolls on, and it remains to be seen how this franchise side deals with everything a full campaign has to offer. But it’s so far so good for Lewis.
Did you watch Inter Miami last night? Give us your own verdict on Morgan. Do you feel he showed more in that one game than he did at Parkhead? Let us know in the discussion forum below.