Wes Morgan, the former Jamaica skipper, will be involved in European football for only the second season of his long career after his Leicester City side guaranteed a top five place in the English Premier League (EPL) on Thursday (16 July).
The bulky defender, who last month penned a one-year contract extension with the former EPL champions, got a rare start and played all 90 minutes in the Midlands club’s 2-0 home triumph over shock highfliers Sheffield United.
Ambitious Leicester’s maximum points leaves them in fourth place, only above rejuvenated Manchester United on account of superior goal difference, and means that they will definitely finish in the top five this term. The two sides tackle each other on the closing day of the season on 26 July, with the likelihood that the winner of that game secures a Champions League berth.
With two matches remaining of this stop-start campaign the Foxes can finish in the top four, which would earn them a Champions League slot for only the second time following their shock EPL title success in 2016. Finishing fifth would result in Leicester playing in the 2020-21 Europa League.
Veteran Morgan, who has played a bit part for Leicester this season despite being club captain, was an uncertainty about remaining with the club as his contract was set to expire at the end of June until he signed a one-year extension deal.
The popular ex-Reggae Boyz defender has been restricted to just 15 appearances in all competitions for Leicester this term, seemingly ousted out by the impressive partnership of Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu.
The 36-year-old, who signed for Leicester from his hometown club of Nottingham Forest eight years ago, has played a key role in the club’s most successful period including heir historic 2015-16 EPL crown and reaching the Champions League quarter finals the following season.
Morgan impressed enough in his recall to the starting line-up against Sheffield United to be potentially involved in their final EPL matches against Tottenham (19 July) and Manchester United respectively, when his goal will be one last shot to play in the Champions League before he hangs up his boots.