The story behind new Imps signing Joe Morrell

On Tuesday you voted in favour of me keeping the Wyscout stats program to help keep you informed on all things Imps.

Today, I finally get a chance to showcase the sort of content I’d like to produce this season. We’ve captured Joe Morrell, confirmed by the club now, which gives me a chance to roll out some numbers.

The club’s official site have released a picture of Morrell in the new kit, with him expressing his delight at the move. Okay, he’s not going to say anything else, but for the record here are his words; “I am really excited to be here, it’s a club with a lot of upwards momentum.”

“It’s brilliant to get it sorted so early into the pre-season stages, so I can get to know the surroundings and the team, and they can get to know me.

“It’s a club with a lot of great feeling about it. As soon as I heard about the interest, it was a move I was very interested in and I’m pleased to be here.”

I’m not being cynical, but it’s hard for these new lads to reinvent the wheel when they come in. Morrell needs first team football, he’s been on loan in League Two before and made three FA Cup starts for the Robins last season.

It’s that full season he had with Cheltenham Town that interests me and gives me a chance to produce some fresh content. So, without further ado, here is the sort of thing I’m going to be knocking up this season.

Across three competitions, the FA Cup, League Cup and League Two, Morrell played 3745 minutes for Cheltenham, at the time managed by Gary Johnson. This was very much a case of son helping Dad and Morrell’s presence at Cheltenham was clearly well-received.

He started 38 League Two matches and wasn’t taken off in a single one. He drifted across the midfield, sometimes left of centre, sometimes right of centre as well. He appeared on the left wing, scoring in a 3-0 win against Mansfield, then bagged twice from left central midfield against Luton and Notts County.

He chipped in with three assists, one in that Mansfield rout as well as against Grimsby and Chesterfield. He played defensive central midfield against Grimsby, proving his flexibility in several positions. 

His passing stats for the season are particularly impressive, with 76.6% pass accuracy. In context, Sammie Szmodics had 75.8% accuracy last season, whilst our own Tom Pett had 72.9%.

He was good on the ball for the Robins too, completing dribbles on a regular basis. It was enough to ensure he remained with Bristol City last season and although he only appeared once in the Championship, he’s a player valued highly by the hierarchy there.

For Wales Under 21s, he’s played in advanced roles. He played left attacking midfield as they beat Liechtenstein 2-1, then on the left wing as they lost 2-0 to Portugal.

He’s seemingly incredibly versatile and won’t just be a like for like replacement for Mark O’Hara.

7 Comments

  1. Still depends on where those passes are to. This season just gone saw Vincent Kompany as the top passer accuracy wise and 6 of the top ten are centre backs. Did he get many assists? I am hoping he does well for it as comes with a great reputation

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