The first new face of the January transfer window has landed at Sincil Bank, and it is a cracker.
Manchester City forward Morgan Rogers joins on a loan deal until the end of the season, adding to our attacking options. He is capable of playing across the front three and is on his first senior loan spell. he is a player Michael is likely to know well, having started his career with West Bromwich Albion.
He was with the Baggies from the age of eight, eventually joining Manchester City for a fee believed to be £4m a couple of years ago. One news outlet, whom I will not link to, even had the fee to be around £6m depending on appearances and add ons. He has appeared for Man City in the EFL Trophy, although not against us, scoring once. Whilst at West Brom, he was described by the Birmingham Mail as being a ‘tall, rangy, extremely quick attacker who can play anywhere across the front three. He has been likened to England star Dele Alli and certainly shares the Spurs man’s eye for goal’.
He is also laden with England youth honours and has scored regularly at every level. He hit five goals in six matches for the Under 15s, five in eight for the Under 16s, nine in 15 for the Under 17s and finally once in eight for the Under 18s which is his current level. There is huge excitement around his capture, as there was when we bagged Brennan Johnson, and rightly so. How many players make a move of between £4m-£6m and are appearing for us 18 months later? He has even been described as the long term successor to Aguero at Manchester City, not wanting to heap pressure on him or anything.
“I’m very happy to have joined this club. I am looking forward to the rest of the season and what it holds for us,” he told the club’s official site.
“The club is great, I like the style of football that the manager plays and I feel being here will help me develop further as a player. I know a few of the lads here like Alex (Palmer), Max (Melbourne) and Brennan (Johnson) and they have told me how much they are enjoying it here.”
“The club are in a good position in the league and we want to keep that momentum going.”
Jez George revealed we have been speaking to Manchester City and whilst delighted with the capture of Rogers, he also sees a potential pathway for more young talent to head our way in the future.
“We are absolutely delighted to have signed Morgan on loan until the end of the season to add to Michael’s options at the top end of the pitch. He is an extremely talented young player, who we have watched for some time, and he will add quality to the group.”
“We initially spoke to Manchester City during the first lockdown and we have been in dialogue with Fergal (Harkin, Football Partnerships & Pathways Manager) and Joe (Shields, Head of Academy Recruitment and Talent Management) ever since. We are really grateful to them for making this possible and look forward to developing our relationship with Manchester City in the future.”
I cannot emphasise how exciting this signing is, certainly in terms of potential. Morgan Rogers is very highly-rated indeed and seemed more suited to a loan spell in the Championship than in League One. He has the potential to be a massive acquisition for us, and might just give us the same potent threat on one flank which Johnson delivers on the other.
What I would say is bringing him to the club must have taken an awful lot of work, and once again hats off to the recruitment team. If we get the Rogers I have watched on Wyscout scoring for England and creating for West Brom Under 18s, then we could be in for a real treat. I know there is a genuine buzz around his capture and he will draw parallels with Brennan purely because of the type of player he is. He will certainly add pace to our front line, something few opposition defenders will relish facing.
Dare I say, this has the potential to be the biggest loan signing Lincoln City have ever made.