Morgan Rogers. Credit: Getty.
Manchester City youngster Morgan Rogers signed a contract extension with the Blues on Monday, before heading out on loan to Championship side Bournemouth for the season.
This is Rogers’s second loan spell after he spent the latter half of last term at Lincoln City, where he continued his impressive start to life in senior football.
The attacker is one of the most highly rated youth talents at City and must have aspirations of breaking into the senior side in the coming years. So we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about Bournemouth’s new recruit.
Who is Morgan Rogers?
Rogers grew up in Halesowen in the West Midlands and progressed through West Bromwich Albion youth ranks. He made one senior appearance for the Baggies before departing in 2019 to join City.
Rogers featured regularly for the Under-23 side in his first year in Manchester and continued that impressive form into the following season. In January this year he joined Lincoln and missed just one league game after his arrival. Rogers also played in their play-off run which ultimately ended in defeat to Blackpool during the final at Wembley.
The attacker registered six goals and four assists from his 25 games at the Imps. Rogers has also represented England at various youth levels in his career.
Where does he play?
Rogers can fit in anywhere across the front three, but prefers to operate from the left wing where he can cut inside on his favoured right foot.
That’s where the 19-year-old was mainly deployed at Lincoln, although he did line-up in an attacking midfield role on occasion.
Has he played for the first team?
Not yet, but Rogers did get some minutes for the senior side during pre-season. The winger will be hopeful if his loan move goes well that he can start to force his way into Pep Guardiola’s plans.
City’s plethora of young talents seem to be getting more first-team opportunities, with Cole Palmer playing at the weekend, while Samuel Edozie and Ben Knight featured in the Community Shield final.
What’s been said?
Scott Parker: “He’s an exciting winger who can play a few different positions and it’s time for him to take that next step from League One to the Championship and we firmly believe he can do that and add quality and depth to the squad.”
Neill Blake, Bournemouth chief executive: “Morgan has all the attributes to become an outstanding player which Manchester City clearly recognised when they signed him.”