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Leeds United striker Morison improves, but stats show the team are better without him

Steve Morison

Steve Morison is still searching for his first goal of the season for Leeds.

Steve Morison got the nod to start for Leeds again at the weekend, but the Welshman is still searching for his first goal of the season.

The striker has played 424 minutes of Championship football this season without reward.

He showed signs of improvement against Birmingham City, coming closer to scoring that he has done so far, denied by the woodwork.

That was at least encouraging, but head coach Neil Redfearn has a big decision to make whether to stick with the Welshman or not for the midweek fixture against Bournemouth at Elland Road.

For Morison, the statistics this season do not look pretty - Leeds have a worse record this season with him in games in which he has played 45 minutes or more, than those he has not.

   Points per gameGoals per gameChances created per gameAppearances
Leeds Without Morison 1.14 1.1 8.29 21
Leeds With Morison for 45 mins plus 0.4 0.8 12.4 5

In games with Morison playing at least a complete half, Leeds have averaged 0.4 points per game, while without him they have averaged over a point.

Leeds also have scored more goals per game with him out of the side, than in it, despite creating more chances per game in the matches he has played.

With Billy Sharp sitting on the sidelines desperate for game time, and Mirco Antenucci shoved out wide to accommodate Morison, Leeds have options to change it around should Redfearn come to the same realisation as the statistics suggest.

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