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Has Chris Wood's signing signalled the end for Steve Morison at Leeds?

Chris Wood's arrival at Leeds United raises questions regarding the future of the experienced front-man.

The news that Leeds United have clinched the signing of Chris Wood from Leicester City is a huge boost for Uwe Rosler’s club ahead of the new campaign, but what does the 23-year-old’s arrival mean for a player who came in for plenty of criticism last season?

Steve Morison was a firm favourite of former Leeds manager Neil Redfearn, playing 26 times despite his only goals of the campaign coming in April.

There is no doubt he served a purpose, his presence causing plenty of problems for opponents and allowing other Leeds players to get on the score-sheet. But now Wood is in place - a player who can do that and plenty more besides - could we have seen the last of Morison in a Whites’ shirt?

The 31-year-old has a year left on his current contract, and it may be that Rosler feels he can be an effective option from the bench.

But as things stand Leeds have a lot of strikers, with Wood and Lee Erwin joining a group that already included Morison, Mirco Antenucci, Souleymane Doukara and Billy Sharp.

Some of those players may well move on, but Wood’s arrival surely suggests Morison is at the top of that particular list.

Leeds now have a number nine who not only gets himself about but also has a fine record in the Championship, scoring 20 goals in 39 matches back in the 2012/2013 campaign.

Still only 23, there is no reason why Wood cannot recreate that form, suggesting a bit-part is about the best Morison can hope for under Rosler.

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