How does the Crew replace Aidan Morris?

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We knew it was going to happen at some point. We knew the Crew would eventually lose one of those outstanding young players that have helped them to so much success. Still, the news of Aidan Morris’ impending departure for EFL side Middlesbrough of League 2 comes as a shock. The question now is, how does the Crew replace him?

The Swiss Army Knife

The first name that comes to mind to fill the sizeable gap left by Morris is Sean Zawadzki. His ability to play multiple positions has turned him into the team’s Swiss army knife player. His value in that role has been immeasurable. Becoming a regular in midfield alongside Darlington Nagbe would allow Zawadzki to return to his natural position.

Expanded Role

I will be very surprised if Morris leaving does not lead to an expanded role for Derrick Jones. He’s made three starts for the Crew and appeared in 11 games but has played just one minute in the last five. Acquired from Charlotte in the offseason, it was hoped Nancy could tap into that seemingly unlimited potential Jones has possessed since breaking into MLS in 2016. At 6’4”, he gives the Crew much-needed height in the lineup.

Transfer Window

I don’t doubt new general manager Issa Tall will be looking to bring in a player during the summer transfer window. Considering the Crew front office has been aware of losing Morris for some time, I don’t doubt Tall and Nancy are already talking to players they are targeting. Newly acquired Dylan Chambost doesn’t appear to be an option for Morris’ position, so keep an eye out for more transfer news.

Morris won’t be signing his deal with Middlesbrough until he plays for the Crew again. I look for the June 22nd match with Sporting Kansas City at Field to be his farewell.