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THE BREAKDOWN: Can Morrison Finally Make An Impact At Pirates?

Bernard Morrison To Be Given Another Chance At Pirates?

By Kyle Smith - Sep 10, 2017 02:32 PM @KyleLaduma

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.

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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.

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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?


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Sbo$Bucs Joined: 21 Oct 2015
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Sbo$Bucs Sep 11, 2017 12:16 PM
He is the most dangerous player. Micho must play him behind the striker u ll c the goals.
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simobucs02 Joined: 11 Sep 2017
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simobucs02 Sep 11, 2017 09:34 AM
Pirates must start playing like this 1sandilands 2matlaba 3maela 4mobara 5chabalala 6sangweni 6nyatama 8lorch 9kutumela 9morrison 10 qalinge...bench mabokgwane,rakhale,gabuza,van- heerdin,shitolo,makola,,lylely le foster.
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Leduka Joined: 09 Mar 2016
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Leduka Sep 11, 2017 09:30 AM
I dont think Morrrison is selfish but he is trying very hard to bring back his confidence and form but if he can just be sober and begin to work as a team he will be the best this season, he can bench Makola easy
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Makarios Sep 11, 2017 08:29 AM
He's good but he tend to hold on to the ball too much. If he can work on that, all shall be well.
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM
The guy deserve too much attention from Micho he can play better than Makola only if he stop to be selfish and be more decipline on the pitch.
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Sir A one Joined: 03 Apr 2017
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Sir A one Sep 10, 2017 09:55 PM
He can be one of the top players in the PSL, jst dat he needs to be more of a team player n learn wen to hold the ball n wen to release it ..........
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ChoLy 4 Bucselona Sep 10, 2017 09:44 PM
@realjoe75 well said bro
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Sanchez Alexis Sep 10, 2017 09:23 PM
CAN KOMPELA FINALLY MAKE AN IMPACT AT CHIPS??
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Duke two Joined: 26 Jun 2017
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Duke two Sep 10, 2017 08:51 PM
Since his arrival,he's been selfish whenever he plays.He's been too concerned about his own game
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realjoe75 Sep 10, 2017 07:43 PM
morrison is quality,and need a bit of more game time and luck,by like i mean getting a goal or two to settle,he rush and over do things with less confidence,if he could be patient,then boy oh boy,pirates in him would've after so many years managed to find the new helman mkhelele.fans need to be patient with him too,and not be influenced by the rivals fans to boo him in order to unsettle because they can see the threat he poses.this dude can dribble at a break a neck speed,always on a front foot,disrespect and fears none.also micho need to be saluted for keeping him.morrison,kutumela and noordien deserve better.
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Juju F Sep 10, 2017 05:44 PM
He can if given chance to build his confidence y not try to make him compete with Nyatama for that cum striker position hence he been not that players that deliver crosses
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TBS Sep 10, 2017 05:31 PM
@ChoLy 4 Bucselona ,,, Spot on.
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ChoLy 4 Bucselona Sep 10, 2017 05:18 PM
Well for me Morrison is better, because he can take on the defenders which is what most Bucs attackers rarely do,he's got pace, the guy is a rocket he just need more game time, I think the reason why he's selfish is because he's hungry to score goals but it's something that he can work on and start creating opportunities for other players to score ##In Micho and Lacoste I believe
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Mondli hates qhabanga Sep 10, 2017 05:06 PM
@scoreman, aw madoda that can "took over" ey queen elizabeth's language, by the way true that i mean "the guy" got all the attributes to become one of the psl deadliest attackers *_*
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Wezhira 04 Sep 10, 2017 04:55 PM
This guy play very well but he is selfish
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setlaboswana Sep 10, 2017 04:45 PM
I hope his story does not end like Macha 's...
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Bucs-soldier Sep 10, 2017 04:45 PM
His downfall is just overholding the ball and selfishness.Other than that he is a player that you can rely on.ONCE AND ALWAYS A PIRATES
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Scoreman Sep 10, 2017 03:54 PM
this is the player that can took over where Kermit left off,just that ull never know how the technical team selecting line up,this guy is better than Qabuza,parker and makola combine
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Debza Sep 10, 2017 03:11 PM
I like this player
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Lebstikano Sep 10, 2017 03:01 PM
I hope this season he will produce something good

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