Is Leeds United star Steve Morison on his last chance before he is axed?

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If Steve Morison starts for Leeds United against Reading, he needs a goal more than ever.

Leeds United lost to Brentford at the weekend, but have an immediate chance to bounce back when they take on Reading on Tuesday evening.

One of the big selection decisions is in the striking department, with four forwards vying for the same position. Steve Morison has been the first choice starter of head coach Neil Redfearn in recent weeks - despite not scoring all season.

The BBC believe Morison is likely to retain his place for the trip to Reading despite his goal drought.

The former Welsh international is however a man under pressure, so will this be his final chance before he is dropped?

It's hard to see any team be successful with a striker who can't score. Yes, Morison is a target man who can bring out the best in those around him, but the best players of the same ilk also contribute goals too.

While Redfearn may have been reluctant to change a previously unbeaten side in four games, against Brentford the team itself failed to net and Leeds lost.

A match-winning display for Morison, or even a tap in from inside the six-yard box will help his cause, with competition for his place heating up.

New signing Edgar Cani can fulfil a similar role as a target man, and Leeds will want to start the Albanian sooner or later to see what they have.

Billy Sharp is desperate for more chances up front, and Mirco Antenucci showed earlier in the season what he is capable of, netting eight goals before being moved aside. Even the out of favour Souleymane Doukara has five Championship strikes to his name this season.

There will only be so much patience and good will towards Morison before calls for him to be dropped increase, and the match at the Madejski Stadium could be pivotal one way or another.

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