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Steve Morison’s excuse about language barrier at Leeds United does not hold water

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Steve Morison’s recent claims that the Leeds United players had a communication problem against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship clash at Elland Road could be a cause of worry.

Leeds United striker Steve Morison has been reflecting on his side’s 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road in the Championship on Saturday.

The West Yorkshire outfit took the lead in the18th minute and played well in the first half, but they failed to maintain the momentum in the second period and conceded twice.

Explaining why Leeds failed to retain their early lead and why they collapsed in the second period, Morison told The Yorkshire Evening Post: ‘We struggled a little bit with the language barrier. On the pitch, in the heat of the battle and the moment, it is important to get info to each other.

‘I remember one point that I was trying to talk to Mirco (Antenucci) in the middle of the pitch and they took a quick free-kick. Normally, you are running and shouting’.

Language barrier seems to be one of the problems, according to Morison, but should it be? Can one really blame losing a football match to language problems on the pitch?

Look at the big clubs in Europe. They have players from all over the world who speak different languages, but they seem to make it work.

If the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur can cope with the language barrier, so should Leeds. After all, their eventual ambition is to play in the Premier League.

If there are problems with the language, then the players should work on them before the game. Communication is hugely important on the pitch, and claiming that they struggled with it during the match shows lack of preparation and is just not good enough.

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