Who is Morgan Rogers?
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New Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has expressed interest in Manchester City's young talented winger Morgan Rogers according to the Daily Mail.

The former Arsenal legend recently made a big step up in his managerial career when he took over at Selhurst Park to replace the departed Roy Hodgson.

Palace have released a staggering 23 first-team players in a summer overhaul and there are plans to reduce the average age of the squad before the 2021/22 Premier League season begins.

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With a huge gap in the squad, Vieira and Palace have a big job on their hands in terms of summer recruitment as pre-season looms closer. Signing a player like Rogers could be perfect, with his youth and small transfer fee which provides potential for development.

Vavel Crystal Palace take a look at who the young winger is and what potential talents he could bring to the Eagles.

  • Beginnings at West Brom

Rogers was born in Halesowen, Dudley in 2002 and signed for West Brom in 2010 from Halas Hawks Junior FC having grown up in the West Midlands.

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In 2016, Rogers got a call up to the England U15's and he currently plays in the U18's team accumulating 20 goals in that time period. Rogers would soon make his professional debut for West Brom on 6 February 2019, coming on as an 82nd minute substitute for Wes Hoolahan against Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup.

Rogers really started to make a name for himself especially when he played against Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup semi-final where his talents were noticed very quickly by the Citizens.

  • Earning a reputation

Rogers signed for Man City on 1 August 2019 for £4 million but could not get first-team action that he craved so Rogers was loaned out to League One side Lincoln City on 4 January 2021 until the end of the 2020/21 season.

The young winger made his debut for the Imps against high-flying Peterborough United a few days after signing, coming off the bench before scoring his first professional goal against Portsmouth in a 1-0 win later that month.

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Three goals in seven games for Rogers in March saw him pick up the EFL Young Player of the Month award. Despite an impressive run with the Imps, Rogers and Lincoln fell short in the League One play-off final, with a 2-1 loss to Blackpool.

Last season, the winger made 25 appearances for Lincoln, scoring six goals and providing four assists. His contributions to helping Lincoln come close to promotion to the Championship certainly can not go unnoticed.

  • What can Rogers bring?

Man City would want around £7 million for the talented winger and may ask for their own sell on percentage but a move for Rogers could develop over the next few days if Palace play their cards right.

He is certainly a prospect for the future and a player that can be developed given Palace's impressive academy talents over recent years. 

The exciting 18-year-old has great ability for someone so young and the talent he produced can only be nurtured and developed. Rogers has good ball control, great speed and he is known to be both-footed. 

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Rogers has the attributes to be a Premier League footballer and the likes of Eberechi Eze, Wilfried Zaha and possible soon-to-join Reading talent Michael Olise will only encourage him to grow in strength.

Should a move to Palace materialise for the youngster, Vieira and company would have one hell of a player on their hands who has a bright future ahead of him.

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