Last week saw constant speculation in the aftermath of Aiden O’Brien’s injury that Steve Morison was to return for a third spell at Millwall. 32 next month, Morison has been deemed not needed by new Leeds manager Rosler as both him and Billy Sharp were told to look for new clubs. Sharp has since joined Sheffield United, as they swooped for both him on a two year deal whereas Connor Sammon has joined on loan for the duration of the upcoming season. With Morison linked with a transfer the opinions of most seem divided, with most stating his last spell here the season before last was hit and miss, despite being our top goal scorer with 8 goals. Today I’ll give you three reasons why I believe Morison would be a great addition for the upcoming campaign.
The original rumours last week were crushed with his agent confirming there has been no contact with the club at the time of speaking. I personally would welcome the signing of Morison, the major reasoning for this is his relationship with Harris. The last time he signed on loan Morison mentioned that Harris, who joined as a coach with Lomas was a big factor. Stating that Harris was quick to be on the phone to him when the interest was growing and making sure he didn’t have a change of heart after agreeing to return. During his first spell Morison and Harris struck up a great partnership in the promotion campaign. Finishing with 23 goals, and Harris with 17, they both provided the crucial goals which contributed to the successful campaign. Arriving from non-league side Stevenage it first took time for Morison to adjust to league football, however after this initial spell he provided probably the best spell of success during my time of supporting Millwall. Travelling and winning at pretty much any game in the second half of the season, he brought a bit of arrogance to the side that knew if we kept the goals against column to 1’s and 0’s, we would probably score more than we concede and win the game.
In case you need reminding of Morison’s first spell with us…
After taking us to the Championship and scoring 17 goals in his first season in the league, Norwich were convinced to sign Morison for over 2 and half Million pounds in their pursuit to survive in the Premier League. Having originally joined for 200,000 it was a great bit of business for our club. He proved an initial success at Norwich, scoring 11 in 44 appearances for the Carrow Road side. However after his first season he began to find chances limited and in January 2013 he moved to Elland Road in a swap deal for Luciano Becchio. Often playing the lone striker role, Morison struggled at Leeds and has done throughout his time at Elland Road, receiving abuse from all corners of the ground and ironically nicknamed ‘The Shift’. However looking back at his successful spells at teams he has played for, the common theme is that he had a strike partner to help and played in a 4-4-2 formation. With Stevenage he shared partnerships with George Boyd and Mitchell Cole, with us he had Harris and initially at Norwich he shared the front line responsibilities with Grant Holt. Under Lomas and Holloway while on loan he often found himself isolated up top on his own, he done a reasonable job when looking back but the first excuse most jump for is his lack of work rate and whether he is bothered to play for us. However he doesn’t present the natural target man that can lead the line on his own. I firmly believe with Harris preaching the 4-4-2 formation and with Gregory next to him Morison could do a great job in a lower division for the season, he doesn’t provide a long term fix but provides a stop gap while we look at other long term options.
Finally, my third supporting point is that due to being in the last year of his contract Leeds would like him off the payroll. If Morison was to agree to come and join our side he would have to take a huge pay cut, if this was to happen it shows a willingness to commit to the club and a sign that he would come and play for Harris. We have missed out on our main target in James Hanson; just like Matt Smith last season. But if Morison was to come back it would be on our terms and with an incentive for the forward it could be a bonus for both parties involved.
So what do you reckon? Would you take Steve Morison back? Would love to know your opinions.