THE BREAKDOWN: Can Morrison Finally Make An Impact At Pirates?
Bernard Morrison To Be Given Another Chance At Pirates?
With Orlando Pirates deciding to keep hold of Bernard Morrison for another season, we take a look at whether the Ghanaian has what it takes to emerge as a first team regular under the new coach, Milutin Sredojevic.
Click through the images above to see Bernard Morrison’s detailed statistics for the 2016/17 season.
The former AS Vita midfielder-cum-striker had a disappointing opening campaign in 2016/17, where he made just seven league appearances and was subsequently linked with a move away from the club in the July/August transfer window. However, as revealed in Soccer Laduma issue number 1039, the player has been registered for the new campaign as his new coach has opted to include him in his first team plans. Based on his performances last season, however, has he got what it takes to make it in the PSL?
Morrison started just three games last season and it’s difficult to qualify his ability through such a small amount of game time, but as an attacking threat, it’s easy to see that he is capable of getting into attacking positions, having taken 3.13 penalty area touches per 90 minutes. However, his final ball appears to be lacking, with 0.57 shot assists per 90 minutes and only 27,3% of his shots coming from inside the box and a poor shot accuracy of 27.3%.
His major strength is his dribbling ability that saw him make 3.42 dribbles per 90 minutes last season. However, it’s difficult to compare him to any of Pirates’ other wide players, who played more minutes than him. In addition, Morrison completed just 13.6% of his 6.3 open play crosses per 90 minutes and needs to work on this if he is to be effective.
Therefore, Morrison clearly has what it takes to get into attacking positions and to take on defenders, which could make him a major asset to the team. However, his final ball has been lacking and he takes too many shots from outside of the box, which rarely leads to goals and he is unable to put in good deliveries for his teammates to feed off of.
Coach 'Micho' has a talented player on his hands, but there are many parts of his game that need refining and the Serbian will need to make sure that he puts in the extra work in training.
Do you think Bernard Morrison could become a starter at Orlando Pirates?