Jordan Morris doesn't seem to be short on options now that he's decided to make professional soccer his livelihood. From the Sounders' offer to make him the most expensive Homegrown Player in MLS history to Jurgen Klinsmann's January camp to Werder Bremen, he's not wanting for options on how to explore his first month getting paid to play.
For Sounders fans, the news that he is currently in Germany training with Werder Bremen is somewhat discouraging in that we'd all love to see Morris already set up to take the Sounders to new heights. Adding another team, especially one that can offer far more lucrative financial incentives than anyone in MLS, is just one of those factors that makes the "will he, won't he" equation that much harder to unravel.
But let's focus on Werder Bremen and what they have to offer. In short, it should simultaneously scare and relieve Sounders fans.
On the scare side is Viktor Skrypnyk, Werder Bremen's head coach. Since his promotion from managing Werder Bremen II to the senior side last year, Skrypnyk's tenure has been marked by an aggressive integration of youth prospects into the first team. From Davie Selke to Florian Grillitsch to Max Eggestein, Skrypnyk isn't afraid to push the envelope with using his best and youngest talents. This season, Eggestein and Grillitsch have floated between the reserve squad and the senior team with ease, splitting their minutes between the 3.Liga and the Bundesliga. For Morris, that means ample opportunity to play and a coach and culture that won't be afraid of his relative lack of professional experience.
On the relief side though are those same players. Davie Selke's move to RB Leipzig opened doors for new arrivals Antony Ujah and Aron Johansson over the summer. Coupled with the aforementioned youngsters and Werder Bremen is a side with a very young attacking corps. Ujah and Johansson are the eldest starters at 24. There honestly isn't enough space for all these players to get the time they deserve if you add Morris into the mix. Add in a team dearth of creativity (and a considerably abysmal defensive midfield and defense) and semi-creative striker types aren't exactly a position of need for Thomas Eichin to obtain this window.
Then again, when has need ever stopped a Bundesliga club from snagging a young player on a free transfer and supplying him with frequent shuttles between the reserve and senior sides?
For the time being, Morris is in the perfect environment to test whether or not he's ready for European football. First team training, a coach with an eye toward youth development, and the presence of some very good strikers including most notably veteran journeyman and teamwork extraordinaire Claudio Pizarro. Even on a short-term training stint, Werder Bremen is good place for Morris to be. Just make sure you cross your fingers that Werder Bremen's attacking depth does prove to matter if the time comes to discuss contracts.