After being named on the Tottenham Hotspur bench on six occasions, Welsh international defender Esther Morgan finally made her senior debut for the North Londoners in Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Everton in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
The 18-year-old is one of Spurs’ most highly-rated young talents and head coach Rehanne Skinner deemed it the right time to field the youngster for the first time at senior level against Willie Kirk’s Everton side.
Morgan played the full 90 minutes for Spurs and while her side were defeated on the day, she came out of the game with plenty of credit.
FA Women’s Super League Full-Time have been analysing the defender’s statistics from the game and they enhance the fact that Morgan is a player who Spurs fans should be very excited about for the future.
In terms of tackling, only Ria Percival (eight) made more tackles over the course of the 90 minutes than Morgan who made six. The teenager completed the second-highest number of tackles in the defensive third (four) and the second-highest number of tackles in the middle third (two), Morgan only being bettered by Percival in these areas. One area which Morgan will be keen to improve in future performances is her ball-winning with the player having not won possession back for her side from any of her tackles.
Another successful element of Morgan’s play was her ability to stop dribblers. She tackled two dribblers in five attempts, only Percival (three) stopped more dribbles. Morgan’s tackle completion percentage on dribblers of 40% was only bettered by Alanna Kennedy (66.7%) and Percival (100%).
In terms of pressing the opponent, Morgan produced 27 press attempts, one less than teammate Percival who was the top Spurs player when it came to pressurising opposition players. Again, an area which Morgan will be looking to build on is winning possession from presses after coming out on top in just 3.7% of pressures.
Morgan was again impressive when blocking and clearing the ball. Her block tally of three was only beaten by Percival and Abbie McManus (both four) while Morgan cleared the danger on three occasions, three less than McManus and one less than Kennedy.
Morgan’s performance against Everton was one of real promise. The player kept herself in position throughout the 90 minutes, carrying out her defensive duties to a high standard and with more work on her ball-winning, Morgan could go on to be a big player in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.