Much Adu About Morris
Adam Dennehey reflects on last Saturday’s postponement for Redbridge FC, and looks at one player in particular who’s been impressing at Oakside.
So Redbridge’s game at home to Harlow Town on Saturday was postponed due to the Oakside’s pitch being waterlogged. My first thoughts when I heard the news from some of our committee members at around 10.30am was that was whether this was actually a good thing or not for our managers Steve Portway and Del Robinson.
After all when you’re second bottom of the league having conceded 21 goals from 7 games, perhaps a couple more days of preparation for our game away at League leaders Tilbury (who won 3-2 at Wroxham) might not be such a bad thing.
Of course though when you’re down at the bottom of the table, you need to turn things round as quickly as possible by picking up points which eases the pressure. Facing Harlow at home who by their standards have had as bad a start to the season as we have on paper is a far easier game than going to Chadfields to face Tilbury.
So on reflection clearly it would have been good to have got the Harlow game out of the way – whatever the result. It would have been another game for our managers to assess our players and another game for our young players to get much-needed game-time at this level under their belts.
Of course though there’s only so much time players can get under their belts if results are not improving and a settled side at any level of football whether it’s Champions League or Essex Olympian is key to a good team and good run of performances.
Steve and Del would probably not have wanted to have used 33 players already this season, but those are the cards that they’ve been dealt, and at this level of football, often it’s quite easy to see players come and go as well as come back into the fray.
One player who has looked quite at home at this level is Morris Adu. The strong midfielder who celebrated his 19th birthday on Thursday has impressed me in the four times I’ve seen him play for us. I compared him to Yaya Toure when speaking to Del Robinson after our 2-0 defeat to Potters Bar and although of course there’s a huge gap between them, the comparisons are there to see.
Morris is big and strong. He looks comfortable playing as a holding midfielder tracking back to win the ball, and just like the man-mountain who wears the #42 at Manchester City he is a major threat going forward. He has been played in an attacking-role in games and because of his height and strength is a major tool at set-pieces where he has been unlucky not to have scored a goal already this season.
Long-term, his position might even be as a centre-back but there’s no doubt that if he continues to develop then there’s no reason why he can’t make a name for himself and have a really good career in football.
Of course at this level of football players have to deal with less resources and time to focus on their game with studies and work getting in the way. Hype can sometimes trouble players as well and perhaps it’s unfair for me to hype up Morris but he has stood out for our fans and really does look a good player.
I hope Morris can keep his form up. If he can do it at this level then there’s no reason why some of our other lads who are new to this level can’t – with a bit of work and a steady run in the side – achieve good performances too. That’s what I believe anyway!
Many thanks to Adam for this article. Follow Adam on twitter: @TheMotormen