Morgan Whittaker
Personal information
Full name Morgan Reece Whittaker[1]
Date of birth (2001-01-07) 7 January 2001 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Derby, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Position(s) Winger / forward
Club information
Current team
Plymouth Argyle
(on loan from Swansea City)
Number 19
Youth career
0000–2019 Derby County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019–2021 Derby County 25 (1)
2021– Swansea City 18 (1)
2022Lincoln City (loan) 20 (5)
2022–Plymouth Argyle (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2017 England U16 3 (3)
2017 England U17 1 (0)
2018–2019 England U18 9 (1)
2019 England U19 2 (0)
2020 England U20 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 13:56, 30 April 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20:35, 13 October 2020 (UTC)

Morgan Reece Whittaker (born 7 January 2001) is an English professional footballer who plays for EFL League One club Plymouth Argyle on loan from Swansea City.

Whittaker began his playing career at Derby County's academy before making his senior debut for the club in August 2019. He joined Swansea City in February 2021.

Club career

Derby County

On 12 August 2019, Whittaker made his professional debut as an 87th-minute substitute in the EFL Cup for Derby County against Scunthorpe United[3] and made his first start in a 3–0 defeat away to Nottingham Forest in the same competition. He signed a new contract with Derby running until June 2023 on 22 January 2020.[4] Whittaker finished the season with three starts and eighteen substitute appearances and scored his first career goal with the second Derby goal in a 3–1 win away to Birmingham City on the final day.

Whittaker started the 2020–21 season by scoring the winning-penalty in a 3–2 shootout victory over Barrow in the EFL Cup and continued making frequent substitute appearances throughout the course of the season.

Swansea City

On 1 February 2021, Whittaker joined fellow Championship side Swansea City on a four-and-a-half year deal.[5] Nine days later, Whittaker scored on his debut for the Swans in a 1–3 home defeat by Premier League side Manchester City in the FA Cup.[6] His first league goal came on 1 May 2021 in the penultimate game of the season to equalise in an eventual 2–1 victory over Derby County that kept his former side firmly in the relegation battle.[7]

On 24 August 2021, Whittaker scored a hat-trick in a 4–1 win over Plymouth Argyle in the second round of the EFL Cup.[8] It was the first hat-trick scored by a Swansea player since Scott Sinclair in the 2011 Championship play-off final.[8]

Lincoln City (loan)

On 1 January 2022, Whittaker joined Lincoln City on loan for the remainder of the season.[9] He made his debut against Oxford United on 8 January 2022, starting and scoring in the game.[10]

Plymouth Argyle (loan)

On 20 July 2022, Whittaker joined Plymouth Argyle on a season-long loan deal.[11]

International career

Having represented England at U16 to U18 level, Whittaker made his U19 debut on 9 September 2019 during a 1–0 defeat to Germany in Haiger.[12]

On 13 October 2020, Whittaker made his debut for the England U20s during a 2–0 victory over Wales at St. George's Park.[13]

Career statistics

As of 30 April 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Derby County 2019–20[14] Championship 16 1 3 0 2 0 21 1
2020–21[15] Championship 9 0 0 0 2 0 11 0
Total 25 1 3 0 4 0 32 1
Swansea City 2020–21[15] Championship 12 1 1 1 0 0 13 2
2021–22[16] Championship 6 0 0 0 3 3 9 3
Total 18 1 1 1 3 3 0 0 22 5
Lincoln City (loan) 2021–22[16] League One 20 5 20 5
Career total 63 7 4 1 7 3 0 0 74 11

References

  1. ^ "Notification of shirt numbers: Derby County" (PDF). English Football League. p. 24. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  2. ^ Morgan Whittaker at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Scunthorpe United vs. Derby County – 13 August 2019". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  4. ^ "DERBY DUO KNIGHT AND WHITTAKER PEN NEW CONTRACTS". Derby County. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  5. ^ "SWANSEA CITY SIGN MORGAN WHITTAKER FROM DERBY COUNTY". Swansea City A.F.C. 1 February 2021. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Swansea City 1–3 Manchester City: Pep Guardiola's men go into record books". BBC Sport. 10 February 2021. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Swansea City 2–1 Derby County". BBC Sport. 1 May 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Morgan Whittaker scored a late second-half hat-trick as Swansea City overcame League One Plymouth Argyle to reach the third round of the EFL Cup". BBC. 24 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Whittaker joins Imps on loan". Lincoln City F.C. 1 January 2022. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Whittaker in dreamland after debut strike". Lincoln City F.C. 9 January 2022. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Whittaker Signs From Swansea and scores a debut hatrick Vs Derby county". www.pafc.co.uk. 20 July 2022. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  12. ^ "Paul Simpson's Young Lions suffer 1–0 defeat against Germany in Haiger". TheFA.com. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  13. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (13 October 2020). "TWO QUICKFIRE GOALS IN THE FIRST HALF SEAL WIN FOR LEE CARSLEY'S YOUNG LIONS AT SGP". TheFA.com. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Games played by Morgan Whittaker in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  15. ^ a b "Games played by Morgan Whittaker in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  16. ^ a b "Games played by Morgan Whittaker in 2021/2022". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 August 2021.