Inter Miami should have kept Lewis Morgan

Lewis Morgan was Inter Miami's heart and soul throughout their first two seasons.
Lewis Morgan was Inter Miami's heart and soul throughout their first two seasons. / Ira L. Black - Corbis/GettyImages

On Dec. 12, 2021, Inter Miami CF traded defender/midfielder/forward Lewis Morgan to the New York Red Bulls for $1.2m in general allocation money. For Inter Miami fans, this deal hurt like no other. Morgan had been the most explosive, dynamic and passionate player in the club's first two seasons. In a team that seemed like it was a retirement home for some and payday for others, Morgan seemed like the one of the only players that cared about the badge every time he stepped on the pitch.

The Scottish international had an incredible 2020 season, scoring five goals and picking up five assists in 23 appearances for Inter Miami. He went on to score just twice in 2021, but that was due in large part to his transitioned to a wing-back role under Phil Neville. In New York, Morgan has been a revelation.

Morgan has been NYRB's best player through it's first 14 matches, scoring a team-leading seven goals while also picking up an assist. He has been electric, picking up a hat-trick in just his second match for the team.

Looking at Inter Miami with a finisher like Leo Campana, one can only wonder about how dominant a duo of Morgan and Campana would have been. Morgan was usually alone on counter attacks as Rodolfo Pizarro and Gonzalo Higuain walked their way down the field. With those two on the field, Inter Miami would've surely been an even better team than it is now.

While Inter Miami had trade someone for GAM due to the Blaise Matuidi situation, it should've been someone other than Morgan. His salary is just $600,000, while Inter Miami has seven players on the payroll making at least $700,000.

Anybody could see that he was one of the best players for the club and he looked like a key part of the future. For now, as an Inter Miami fan, it hurts to see Morgan in another jersey, but the passion he brought to the team won't be forgotten. Hopefully he can make his way back someday.