How Steve Morison compares to the man Nottingham Forest released last summer

Steve Morison

How Leeds' front man compares to Rotherham's heading into today's clash.

Heading into the last weekend of the Championship season, Leeds United and Rotherham United face each other in a Yorkshire derby safe in the knowledge that their second-tier statuses are both secure.

There's no better chance, then, for their strikers to let go and show what they are capable of. That certainly applies to Leeds' Steve Morison, while Rotherham's Matt Derbyshire, released by Nottingham Forest last season, will also want to end the campaign on a high.

But how do the two compare?

 (Per Game) GoalsAssistsChances CreatedFinal-Third PassesHeadersShooting AccuracyAppearancesMinutes Played
Matt Derbyshire 0.27 0.06 0.85 3.73 1.03 38% 33 2,359
Steve Morison 0.08 0.08 0.76 5.04 3.36 25% 25 1,483

Indeed, as Opta stats show, ex-Nottingham Forest man Derbyshire has netted more goals for Rotherham this term (9) and averages more chances created than Morison.

However, in three other key areas, the Leeds striker is triumphant, supporting boss Neil Redfearn's claims he is a vital all-round player for the Elland Road outfit.

Indeed, Morison has registered the same number of assists but in less minutes, makes more final-third passes per game and wins far more headers - clearly his biggest plus as a target man.

Accuracy-wise, though, the former Nottingham Forest forward is a good 13 per cent ahead of the 31-year-old, which is related to Morison's biggest weakness so far this term: scoring goals.

With the pressure off both Leeds and Rotherham this weekend, however, it'll be interesting to see what both can offer. Morison, after all, is a man in form, while Derbyshire will still be celebrating scoring one of the goals that ensured his side's Championship status.

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