Portsmouth summer target Joe Morrell hailed as 'excellent' as he catches the eye for Luton in pre-season

Pompey summer target Joe Morrell has been hailed as 'excellent' during pre-season for Luton.

Friday, 23rd July 2021, 4:56 am

Morrell endured a frustrating 2020-21 campaign at the Hatters after joining them from Bristol City last summer.

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Morrell however, would prefer to stay in the Championship if he is to leave Kenilworth Road, while finances may make it difficult for Pompey to get a deal over the line should he become available.

Regardless, Morrell has been playing for Luton this summer since returning from the Euros - and been praised by his manager.

The 24-year-old caught Nathan Jones' eye coming off the bench in the Hatters' 3-1 win at Boreham Wood last week.

Jones told Luton Today: I thought Joe Morrell was excellent, his second run-out, we held him back a little bit today, but I thought he was excellent.

Joe Morrell in action for Wales. Picture: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

‘I think the game really suited him then as when they get tired and we’re penning them back in, they can’t get out, space becomes available.

‘Joe is very good at picking those runs out, some great balls, Clarky (Jordan Clark) could have had a hat-trick really with his header late on, but that is the type of game that Joe can really excel in with his intelligence.

‘He finds pockets, finds people in pockets and then he has the quality in that final third, so he was excellent.’

Pompey have signed midfielders Ryan Tunnicliffe (Luton) and Shaun Williams (Millwall) so far this summer.

Cowley seeks more additions to bolster his engine room, with Accrington’s Matt Butcher also someone who’s been considered.