Byron Anthony highlights Morgan’s grit and determination

20th April 2021
Iwan Morgan

Swansea City Under-18s coach Byron Anthony has praised the grit and determination shown by young striker Iwan Morgan in recent weeks.

The 15-year-old, who joined the club earlier this season, has demonstrated maturity beyond his age when leading the under-18s line during their past three games.

Morgan opened his goalscoring account with a clinical finish in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest, while putting in another solid shift at the spearhead of the attack.

As in previous games, he worked unselfishly for the team; chasing every ball and providing a constant burden to the Forest defence.

And Anthony says that his never-say-die attitude is infectious on the rest of his team-mates.

“When we talk about grit and determination, Iwan has that in abundance,” the under-18s coach said.

“He offers something different; he’s an old-fashioned number nine, but he also works his socks off without the ball.

“He wants to win and wears his heart on his sleeve.

“He understands that things aren’t always going to go his way, but he doesn’t give up and that promotes belief for the rest of the squad.

Iwan Morgan

“I think he’s got a bright future ahead of him if he keeps his head down and keeps going.”

It is not only Morgan’s grit and determination that has pleased Anthony.

His under-18s side demonstrated tremendous character to twice come from behind against Forest; three days after recording an impressive 1-0 win over the in-form Colchester United.

And the coach is eyeing more of the same when the young Swans travel to Millwall on Wednesday.

“We’ve got a real grit and determination about us now,” he added.

“Hopefully, we can keep hold of that with games coming thick and fast between now and the end of the season.

“Like anything, it takes time for things to fall into place.

“We’re looking for the same performance that we produced on Saturday; we’ve got no excuses of feeling tired.

“We go again and we’re going to be full-hit until the end of the season.”