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Ex-midfielder defends Steve Morison despite Leeds United's need for goals

Former Leeds United midfielder Peter Lorimer feels criticism of Steve Morison is unfair.

Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer has defended under pressure striker Steve Morison in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Lorimer has suggested that despite his struggles to hit the back of the net, Morison deserves his starting place in the team because he does a lot of work that many don’t give him credit for.

“Morison fits into the system we’re using at the moment and he’s one of many reasons why our results have been so good since the turn of the year. To argue otherwise is simply unfair,” wrote the former playmaker.

“Of all the strikers in our squad, he’s the most suited to playing alone up front. I think even Billy Sharp would admit that he doesn’t enjoy that role or thrive in it as much as Morison does.”

Morison is one of the hardest working players in the entire Leeds squad, but the best way for him to put pressure on manager Neil Redfearn to keep him in the team is to score goals.

Leeds are at their very best when they keep the ball on the floor, dominate possession and slowly work away at breaking down their opposition.

Morison is a perfectly good target man, but when Leeds try to play a more subtle brand of football, he does struggle.

It’s a difficult situation for Redfearn because Morison’s effort and attitude are superb.

However, Redfearn needs to develop a system, which is based around the younger players and keeping them at the club for next season.

Rather than build an attack around Morison, he has to find a way to build a side around the likes of Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt.

Morison needs to take a chance when it comes and he needs that first goal, otherwise he’ll be struggling come summer time.

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