Morris ready to lead line for Oxford United

England Under 19 international Carlton Morris, pictured at the Kassam Stadium after signing for Oxford United on loan from Norwich City, can’t wait to get going

England Under 19 international Carlton Morris, pictured at the Kassam Stadium after signing for Oxford United on loan from Norwich City, can’t wait to get going

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Teenager Carlton Morris says he has no concerns about shouldering the pressure of leading the line for Oxford United after signing on loan.

The England Under 19 international completed a move from Norwich City yesterday, which will keep him at the Kassam Stadium until January.

It provides a welcome boost for United, who have been looking to reinforce their attacking options throughout pre-season.

Despite Morris only making his debut for Norwich’s first-team in a friendly last week, the U’s will be looking for the 18-year-old to hit the ground running when the season starts this weekend.

But the weight of expectation to score goals holds no fears for the rising star.

“As a striker it’s something you have in your whole career, so you either get used to it or change position,” he said.

“I’ve played in lots of varieties of football now and I just take it as it goes.

“You have to adapt to every game and I’m ready for the challenge. I’m just excited to get going with it.”

Morris has been at Norwich since he was a ten-year-old and was part of the Norwich side which impressively won the FA Youth Cup final against Chelsea two seasons ago.

Although the Canaries were relegated from the Premier League last season, the chances of first-team football in this campaign were limited.

And when he became aware of United’s interest, there was only going to be one outcome.

Morris said: “I got a call from my agent that there was some interest from a top League Two club.

“As soon as he told me I put two and two together and Oxford was top of that list.

“I’m buzzing to finally be here. It’s a big club with a lot of history, so why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?”

Michael Appleton was thrilled to secure the livewire front man’s services amid interest from elsewhere.

The U’s head coach said: “We have always said that we will wait until the right player is available, someone we believe will strengthen what we already have, and Carlton fits the bill perfectly.”

United’s boss also made clear it was not the end of their search to add competition for places up front this month.

“We will though continue our efforts to bring in further attacking options before the transfer window closes,” he said.

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9:31am Tue 5 Aug 14

Oufcscottish says...

Morris to get 9
squad number
Morris to get 9 squad number Oufcscottish
  • Score: -3

11:21am Tue 5 Aug 14

Richard Wickson says...

Oufcscottish wrote:
Morris to get 9
squad number
I hope not as that would send a signal that no one will be in before January and there have been hints that another forward/striker will be in this week. However the boy does look a very good prospect and doesn't appear to be daunted by having to lead the goal scoring department.
[quote][p][bold]Oufcscottish[/bold] wrote: Morris to get 9 squad number[/p][/quote]I hope not as that would send a signal that no one will be in before January and there have been hints that another forward/striker will be in this week. However the boy does look a very good prospect and doesn't appear to be daunted by having to lead the goal scoring department. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 0

2:06pm Tue 5 Aug 14

BigOx22 says...

It doesn't matter what number you wear! He could be 99, 19, 29 ect and still be our striker. You don't always use your GK with 1 on the shirt do you!
If he plays with the ability he has shown before we will have a good goal scorer on the books.
It doesn't matter what number you wear! He could be 99, 19, 29 ect and still be our striker. You don't always use your GK with 1 on the shirt do you! If he plays with the ability he has shown before we will have a good goal scorer on the books. BigOx22
  • Score: 2

2:26pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Richard Wickson says...

BigOx22 wrote:
It doesn't matter what number you wear! He could be 99, 19, 29 ect and still be our striker. You don't always use your GK with 1 on the shirt do you!
If he plays with the ability he has shown before we will have a good goal scorer on the books.
I agree but I knew a League Club Manager who always told me his attitude was to give his first choice players 1-11 in the belief they knew they were first choice and the others knew they had to work harder to displace those wearing 1-11. His belief was that those players after 11 would knuckle down and those before 11 would work hard to keep those shirts therefore he would have a keen squad. He became a very successful manager and had a long career. I think it's a philosophy that still has a place in Football today.
[quote][p][bold]BigOx22[/bold] wrote: It doesn't matter what number you wear! He could be 99, 19, 29 ect and still be our striker. You don't always use your GK with 1 on the shirt do you! If he plays with the ability he has shown before we will have a good goal scorer on the books.[/p][/quote]I agree but I knew a League Club Manager who always told me his attitude was to give his first choice players 1-11 in the belief they knew they were first choice and the others knew they had to work harder to displace those wearing 1-11. His belief was that those players after 11 would knuckle down and those before 11 would work hard to keep those shirts therefore he would have a keen squad. He became a very successful manager and had a long career. I think it's a philosophy that still has a place in Football today. Richard Wickson
  • Score: -3

9:13pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Bumble08 says...

Just excited for the lad and for us, we would never have attracted a player like Morris with Wilder or Waddock at the helm this season. One more striker in before the transfer window (or this weekend, a little birdy has said) and we have a really decent squad. Let's not forget that we have a really good crop of young lads there now and add to that a bit of experience, we could be looking at having a good season. Looking forward to seeing the ruffles and Collins partnership grow and in Morris now we have a lad that can finish, has pace and is the perfect foil for Hylton. Buzzing for Saturday... Coyy's!!!!
Just excited for the lad and for us, we would never have attracted a player like Morris with Wilder or Waddock at the helm this season. One more striker in before the transfer window (or this weekend, a little birdy has said) and we have a really decent squad. Let's not forget that we have a really good crop of young lads there now and add to that a bit of experience, we could be looking at having a good season. Looking forward to seeing the ruffles and Collins partnership grow and in Morris now we have a lad that can finish, has pace and is the perfect foil for Hylton. Buzzing for Saturday... Coyy's!!!! Bumble08
  • Score: 3

10:37pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Oufcscottish says...

I was at a Falkirk game today where I spoke to a player who knows morris from his Norwich days, he said what a stong,skillful player, around good lad ...
I was at a Falkirk game today where I spoke to a player who knows morris from his Norwich days, he said what a stong,skillful player, around good lad ... Oufcscottish
  • Score: -1

1:40pm Wed 6 Aug 14

bigchet says...

although the lad morris has obviously got lots of ability i dont think we should expect too much from him too soon . some of the c,backs he will be up against in div2 are pretty uncompromising and cynical and a far cry from youth football. he looks a big stong lad but he wont find it easy,and its a lot of responsibility on his young shoulders.
although the lad morris has obviously got lots of ability i dont think we should expect too much from him too soon . some of the c,backs he will be up against in div2 are pretty uncompromising and cynical and a far cry from youth football. he looks a big stong lad but he wont find it easy,and its a lot of responsibility on his young shoulders. bigchet
  • Score: 0

5:00pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Oxokuba says...

Another loan player? so what do we do in 6 months time if we're on a roll - wave goodbye to the players that have got us in a good position? This is not what I thought the new management were about. Lots of promises not many delivered. At some point it would be great if we could get some stability and not just keep tumbling along hoping something might happen.

Need a good start to the season if we are to compete with stronger teams.
Another loan player? so what do we do in 6 months time if we're on a roll - wave goodbye to the players that have got us in a good position? This is not what I thought the new management were about. Lots of promises not many delivered. At some point it would be great if we could get some stability and not just keep tumbling along hoping something might happen. Need a good start to the season if we are to compete with stronger teams. Oxokuba
  • Score: -3

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