Swansea City boss Martin hopes Morgan Whittaker can build on goal

22nd February
First team
Morgan Whittaker V Stoke

Russell Martin believes Morgan Whittaker’s goal against Stoke is an example of the impact he can have for Swansea City over the remainder of the season.

The 22-year-old made his first start since returning to SA1 from a successful loan spell with Plymouth Argyle, and found the net after just 98 seconds as he brought down Matty Sorinola’s pass to beat Matija Sarkic in the Potters’ goal.

The former Derby forward also went close with a chance later in the game, and produced some bright moments when playing through the middle and when he was later moved out wide as Swansea changed shape.

“Morgan did really, really well, and I am pleased for him,” said head coach Martin after the 3-1 defeat.

“He wants to play in the middle of the pitch, he does not really want to be out wide but he did great when he was out there, as well.

Morgan Whittaker Cele Stoke 2

“His flexibility will help us, his finishing ability will help us and we are looking forward to seeing him have a strong finish to the season.”

Martin also revealed Jay Fulton and Luke Cundle’s absences from his squad against Stoke were due to injuries picked up against Blackburn at the weekend, but he is hopeful they will have a chance of being available for Monday’s game against Rotherham at the Swansea.com Stadium.

“Both were injured at the weekend. It’s nothing major and we hope to have them back for Monday,” he added.

“They were a loss for us tonight, which was a bit frustrating.”