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The sad truth is that Neil Redfearn is wrong about Steve Morison

The Leeds striker should be allowed to leave Elland Road this January.

When asked whether Steve Morison has a future at Leeds United, head coach Neil Redfearn recently told reporters (as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post): “Definitely. Nobody’s out of the squad completely because we’re trying to find a way.

“We’re feeling our way round to a position where we’re picking results up again and we’ve got to use all of our resources. Steve’s an experienced guy, he’s a big target man and he gives us a different option.

"All the lads have to know they’re part of it here but I’ve been trying get us as consistent as we can. Initially it worked but then we lost our way. We have to find a different way.”

And yet, while the Leeds boss's commitment to sticking by his players is admirable, it's setting the wrong precedent at Elland Road.

Decisiveness is just what the Yorkshire side need during a crucial month - not necessarily compassion or niceties.

A clear transfer policy can go a long way to changing Leeds' season. The right signings need to be identified but, just as importantly, the right players need to identified for an exit.

Morison, unfortunately, falls under that category. After a recent performance, some Leeds fans even suggested the 31-year-old should never play for the club again.

Speaking of setting a precedent, the right one was set with Noel Hunt. There was no ill feeling as the striker's contract was terminated at Elland Road. Both parties knew it was the right decision.

Just as it would be in this case. Morison is essentially taking up a striker's slot at Leeds, one that needs to be filled with at least an occasional goalscorer. The target man, however, has not provided enough evidence to suggest he is the right man to fill that role.

It may sound harsh - but the right decisions now are vital when Leeds' Championship status is at stake.

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