Stuart Baxter likens Michael Morton to Willard Katsande
Posted: 14 June 2016 Time: 19:10
SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter has drawn comparisons between Kaizer Chiefs hard-tackling midfielder Willard Katsande and the energetic Michael Morton.
Morton played a pivotal role as Matsatsantsa's overcame Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup final to salvage the Tshwane side's poor start to the 2015/16 campaign.
Baxter says he expects the former Maritzburg United anchorman to play a pivotal role next season, and aims to turn him into a formidable midfielder like he did with Katsande during his time at Naturena.
"In terms of development, it's probably a good comparison," says Baxter.
"Willard [Katsande] did a good job himself. For me he was over-aggressive; Wayne Rooney was like that at some stage.
"To change that into being aggressive just enough is difficult, because sometimes if you say that a player backs off and he doesn't give you what he can.
"That's the risk with trying to do that with like a Katsande, Rooney or a Morton."
The 27-year-old Pirates youth graduate struggled for game time under former coach Gordon Igesund before Baxter arrived in January.
However, the British tactician believes Morton's positioning was one area of his game he needed to develop.
"Michael has done a great job. I can't talk about what he did before but some have said to me that Michael has improved a lot," Baxter added.
"The only thing I've done with him is to give him a clearer role and a clear picture of what is expected from him so he can chanel the energy into that.
"With a player that has so much much energy, if you don't do that, he tends to be all over the place trying to use that energy to solve every problem, but you can't because that builds frustration."