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Redfearn hails Steve Morison for playing a 'big part' in Leeds turnaround

Steve Morison is now an established part of Leeds United's starting line-up.

Neil Redfearn has told Leeds United's official site that Steve Morison has played a 'big part' in the club's improvement this season.

The Whites have been in fantastic form since the turn of the year and Redfearn feels that Morison deserves credit for this.

The striker started the season a long way down the pecking order at Elland Road, but he has fought his way back into contention and Redfearn believes he has become a key player for the side. 

"He’s got my backing, he knows that," Redfearn insisted. "He knows I’m on his side. He knows I think he’s playing well and that I respect him as a professional.

"He’s been good and he’s been a big part of this turnaround for us. We’ve used him in various roles – as a lone striker and now working up and down the right to do a job while we get people fit. He’s mucked in and he’s a good professional." 

Despite Redfearn's words of praise, Morison still divides supporters' opinions at Leeds. 

There is no doubting that he has been in good form recently, but his lack of goals is a worry, considering he is a striker.

The powerful front-man has still not hit the back of the net this season and, therefore, the likes of Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara may be slightly frustrated to have seen the former Millwall man jump ahead of them in the selection order. 

That said, Morison's willingness to close defenders down has helped Leeds in recent weeks, with his defensive qualities at the front perfect for the side's current game-plan.

Morison's power helps bring others into play, whilst his constant harrying of defenders means that they don't get a moment's peace.

As a result it seems that his lack of goals is not too big a concern for Redfearn and Morison look set to be a feature in Leeds' team for the rest of the season. 

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