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'An absolute belter' - Sam Morsy tipped to be big Middlesbrough success
Sunday, 13th Sep 2020 18:15 by Phil Spencer

Middlesbrough completed their third signing of the summer this week after agreeing a deal to sign Sam Morsy.

The Wigan Athletic has penned a three-year deal at the Riverside Stadium and moves for an undisclosed fee.

An Egyptian international, Morsy will take the number five jersey that was vacated by Ryan Shotton this summer.

Supporters have heard plenty of positive things about the 29-year-old on social media since his move was announced, but what are Middlesbrough really getting from their new signing?

We caught up with Barry Worthington (@LaticsSpeyk) from the Progress With Unity podcast to get the lowdown on the the new arrival.

'You’ve got yourselves an absolute belter.'

Tell us a little bit about Sam Morsy

Sam Morsy, what can you say?

He is an absolute legend.

He’s been our general out on the pitch - more so than ever last season as he led leading from the front on the field, and playing a true club captain's role off of it.

It's been well documented that we've had a challenging season, but through it all Morsy has been a shining light. He turned our form around almost single-handedly.

From New Year he was immense and once we had the points deduction he simply stepped up another level driving the team on.

Off the pitch he was saying all the right things, keeping the supporters focused on our fundraising to save the club - like I say, a true club captain.

What is the general feeling from Wigan fans after losing Sam Morsy?

The fans are devastated that he has gone, absolutely devastated.

But we also realise that he has to think of himself in this situation, he is a professional footballer and needs to earn his living at the highest level possible.

His remarks in his open letter to the supporters on leaving has broken hearts.

He is loved by the Wigan faithful and to gauge what we all think a quick look on Twitter will tell you everything that you need to know.

What is his best position?

He is a defensive midfielder, who will also join the attack when possible, he plays in the centre of the park and is always the heart of the team.

What will he bring to the Middlesbrough team?

He will bring a determination and fight that will warm your hearts.

He will drive his team mates on, he will challenge the referee as much has he challenges the opposition.

He is very fiery, fair but uncompromising in challenges and can play a bit.

He is good at keeping the ball, organising the midfield and can knock a pass, but he does tend to pick up a booking or two.

That is his weakness, but in fairness in to him the second half of last season he was a lot less rash and managed to avoid getting a three-game ban.

What must Middlesbrough do to get the best from Sam Morsy?

To get the best out of him, play a runner alongside him, make him your skipper and tell him to go and lead the team.

Can you see him being a success under Neil Warnock?

He will be a success wherever he goes, but Warnock will relish a player of Morsy’s work ethic, drive and will to win.

He will be Warnock’s general on the pitch.

Barry Worthington, Progress With Unity Podcast

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