The transfer window may have drawn to a close last Friday but Charlton’s activity may not end there, with youngster Albie Morgan looking likely to head out on loan.
Lee Bowyer strengthened his squad through the late arrivals of loanees David Davis and Matt Smith last week, and along with that pair, Sam Field’s return from injury means Morgan’s services are not needed as urgently as they have been in the last few weeks.
As a result, he has the opportunity to go back out on loan, having played five times for Ebbsfleet in the National League prior to being recalled. Bowyer said (via London News Online): “Albie needs to go and play some games. He needs to get his fitness up and learn the game,” indicating that he isn’t considered a part of first-team plans when Bowyer has all of his players available to him, and that his recall was to help with cover.
That decision wasn’t in vain, however, as Morgan’s return to the club led to him being involved in the matchday squad on several occasions, and he has now built up invaluable experience through the 14 games he has played for the Addicks this term.
A return of 1.1 key passes is quite impressive for a relative novice (per WhoScored), too, though making just two goal contributions shows he has a lot of learning to do, and that means another loan spell is perhaps best. If he can hone his end product elsewhere, perhaps the Addicks could have a more productive outlet next season.
If Morgan can make the most of a loan spell, should it arrive, then it could do him a favour in staking a claim in the squad for the beginning of next season. Indeed, having shown flashes of potential this season – as his key passes stats would suggest – perhaps getting regular first-team football under his belt can help him in the long-run.
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