Leeds United's Steve Morison: 'I want to be on the pitch'

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Steve Morison thinks he and Billy Sharp should be allowed more starts as Leeds United players.

Morison has made just two substitute appearances for the Whites this season, whilst Sharp has fared slightly better since his summer arrival from Southampton.

Eight appearances, with six as a starter, have brought a reward of one goal, but he has failed to start a game since the arrival of head coach Darko Milanic three games ago.

With the talented Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara leading the line, the duo have somewhat become outcasts at Elland Road, despite their goalscoring talents.

Morison has endured a torrid time in Yorkshire since his arrival at the club in 2013, scoring just three goals in 17 league appearances for the Whites, despite an impressive goalscoring record in his previous career. Sharp is considered one of the best forwards outside of the top flight, and his talents were tracked by a number of teams before he settled on a move to Elland Road following his release from Southampton in the summer.

The pair both entered the field of play as second half substitutes as the Whites fought to a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, and 31-year-old Morison is keen to build on his 10 minute cameo with a number of starting roles in the coming weeks.

He told the official Leeds website: “It’s not just me, it’s Sharpy as well. We are chomping at the bit.

“I keep thinking to myself that if you look back two or three years ago and you said that you had me and Billy Sharp in your squad or in your team, you’d be thinking that isn’t a bad couple of strikers to have.

“And then when you add in the two lads [Souleymane Doukara and Mirco Antenucci] as well, it’s not a bad bunch of lads to have together.

“But like I said we are absolutely chomping at the bit and me personally I’m looking to get more than 10 minutes on the pitch and show what I can do.

“I want to be on the pitch for longer than I was on for against Sheffield Wednesday, ideally you’d like to start the games.

“I think that if I do I have got something to offer. Also, when I come on for just the 10 minutes I think that I have done well.”

Many would feel that Morison is yet to deserve a chance in the first-team, with Doukara and Antenucci netting four goals between them, and the 31-year-old not even managing a single shot during the action he has under his belt this season. With Sharp already scoring once this season, he looks more suited to step up to the plate when needed, although even he failed to register a single strike in his 22 minute spell against the Owls.

Despite his lack of goals in a white shirt, Morison is confident that he can finally find form, having spent the entire pre-season working his way back to full fitness.

The Welsh international added: “I have spent the summer getting myself fit and to be honest I thought that I was firing on all cylinders in pre-season.

“I thought that I was doing really well but then I got the set-back.

“I’m back now and I feel like I’m back to where I was two years ago. I feel like I am ready.”

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