Portsmouth are unlikely to meet the financial demands involved in bringing Luton Town’s Joe Morrell to Fratton Park, as reported by Hampshire Live.
Morrell, who started all four of Wales’ matches in Euro 2020, saw very little game time in a Luton shirt last season leading to speculation about his immediate future.
The Hatters signed the 24-year-old last summer from Bristol City – much to the shock of some Robins’ fans. However, a mere five Championship starts was something that Morrell would not have expecting.
When he was given his chance, his composure in possession and technical ability saw him stand out, but his positioning and passive approach to the press, made him drop down the pecking order.
The fact that Luton paid a six-figure fee and he is contracted until 2023 seems to be a stumbling point in Portsmouth’s interest. Also, The News previously reported that Morrell himself wants to stay in the Championship – another hurdle in a potential Portsmouth move.
Despite some criticism, Joe Morrell performed well whilst in the Euros. His ability in possession, awareness, and intelligence, makes it seem absurd that he would not be playing Championship football next season.
Morrell’s chances of first-team football last year was hindered by the brilliance of Leicester City loanee, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. With the 22-year-old returning to his parent club and the unresolved contract issue with Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, Morrell could play an integral role in Luton’s upcoming season.
For any League One club, this move would probably be too costly. He also wants to be in the Championship which could turn third-tier interest away. But at the same time, it would be difficult to find a Championship club who would want a player that has barely featured all year.
If willing to work hard, Morrell could play a starring role in Luton’s 2021/22 season, however, there is still a lot left to be determined.