Music To Morgan's Ears
MARVIN Morgan was sold on a move to Home Park by a few factors, not least of all of which was his manager’s promise that the 6ft 4in forward would spearhead a new-style attack-minded Argyle.The Pilgrims’ new number 10 dropped down a division from Shrewsbury Town because he thinks he and his fellow Argyle strikers can reap reward from John Sheridan’s positive outlook for 2013-14.
He said: “I am hoping, when we go attacking, that there are going to be loads of chances, that I will be coming off the pitch saying ‘I should have scored a hat-trick.’
“That’s why I’ve signed. That’s what the gaffer sold me. He said: ‘We are going to be attack-minded this season.’ When you have been playing in a team that is defensive, as a forward, you want to be playing in an attacking team
“Some games are going to be defensive, don’t get me wrong. Every game is a different game and you have to assess each game, but I can’t wait for the start of the season. This is the business now. It’s real when it gets competitive.”
The business begins against Southend United at Roots Hall on Saturday, when Marvin is likely to make his Argyle debut alongside Reuben Reid up front, with young Tyler Harvey ready to come off the substitutes’ bench.
Marvin, 30, thinks highly of the teenager.
“Tyler, for me, is one of the best youngsters I have played with or trained with,” he said. “He has got a lot of potential – ‘potential’ could be a dangerous word, but I think Tyler can go places.”
For Marvin, though, goalscoring is more a question of when, than who.
He said: “As a player, as a striker, if you get your goals early [in a match], anything is possible.
“Whoever is playing up front, whether it’s Tyler or me or Reuben, once you get start getting early goals, you feel like you can do anything, you feel like you can take on any team.
“The basis for whoever plays on Saturday will be trying to get a goal and go from there, get your confidence up. Once you get you confidence up, you feel like you can take on the whole world.”
So, has he got a seasonal target in mind?
“Definitely,” he said. “You have to look for double-figures. I want to get double-figures. Then you start thinking: ‘I’ve got 10 now - how many games have we got left? I want to get a realistic target to say I’ve had a good season.’
“That’s the plan. In the last two seasons, maybe I should have got more goals. Last season, I got seven or eight goals; the season before, I got 11 goals. I really want to get into the double-figures and start pushing on from there.
“It’s about taking your chances and being clinical at the right times.
“In League 1, I got 13 assists last year so, again, I might not have got a lot of goals, but, as a player, I helped get 20 goals for the team.
“That’s the kind of player I am. I am not going to be a selfish player and shoot at every opportunity – I am going to create chances for whoever I am playing up front with; to create chances for midfielders and wingers.
“I am hoping Reuben or Tyler thinks the same as me. That’s what it is all about – we’re all team-mates and that’s the whole thing of being a team-mate.
“It’s time for the business now.”