There was plenty of excitement surrounding Morgan Rogers when his loan from Manchester City to AFC Bournemouth was announced last season.
The 19-year-old was coming off the back of a loan spell in League One with Lincoln City in which he impressed, scoring six goals and registering four assists in 28 appearances, and there was anticipation over what he could do at the level above.
It’s fair to say, though, that things did not quite work out for the City starlet down on the south coast.
Limited to mainly substitute appearances in the Championship, Rogers appeared just 15 times in the league for the Cherries before he returned to Manchester City – although he was technically still a Bournemouth player due to some technicalities.
After such a spell, confidence is likely to need re-building, and one club that could be an ideal landing spot for the youngster this summer with the view to a season-long loan is Blackpool.
Blackpool were reportedly interested in bringing Rogers to Bloomfield Road in January amid his struggles at AFC Bournemouth and there is no reason they would not be interested once again this summer.
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Heading there would be a better development environment for Rogers than Bournemouth, too.
Neil Critchley, having worked in Liverpool’s youth system previously, has extensive experience working with young players and would likely be able to get Rogers playing his best football and develop as the season went along.
Not only that, but Blackpool are a mid-table side. Sure, they likely have aspirations to push on from their 16th place Championship finish last season, but there is not that pressure to get promoted and win every single week as there was at AFC Bournemouth, nor is there the big money signings in front of Rogers in the pecking order.
With Josh Bowler potentially leaving Bloomfield Road this summer, too, Blackpool will potentially be seeking someone to fill that void, and a player of Rogers’ ability could certainly do that.
All things considered, then, a move to Blackpool could make sense for Morgan Rogers this summer.
Blackpool boss Neil Critchley has experience working with young players, and the Bloomfield Road environment is likely a better environment for development than the one experienced at the Vitality Stadium.
Not only that, but game time is likely to come Rogers’ way at Blackpool, and not just the odd ten minutes from the bench.
Rogers has the ability to be a starter at this level for a club of Blackpool’s stature, and this would be the case even more so if Josh Bowler does depart the club.
It will certainly be interesting to see Rogers’ next move this summer.