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As Leeds United toil, Steve Morison is leading Millwall toward the play-offs

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As Leeds United toil, Steve Morison is leading Millwall toward the play-offs

The Millwall striker was never massively popular at Leeds United.

Whilst Leeds United’s own push for the playoffs died a while ago, one team who have been on the charge are Millwall. Neil Harris’ side is flying in the Championship at present. They are unbeaten in the league since the New Year’s Day loss to Norwich City. That form has seen them surge up the table into seventh position, just one point outside the play-off places.

One man who has been key to their success is Steve Morison. The tireless striker scored at the weekend, as Millwall defeated rivals Bristol City 2-0 at The Den.

LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM – SEPTEMBER 20: Steve Morison (R) of Leeds vies with Jack Robinson of Huddersfield Town during Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Huddersfield Town at Elland Road Stadium on September 20, 2014 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ryan Browne/Getty Images)

It was only his fourth goal for the club this season, but Morison brings so much more than goals. The 34-year-old has played 43 times this season and is a pivotal member of the Millwall squad.

For Leeds fans, it is certainly a bitter pill to swallow. In January 2013 Leeds United signed Morison, as part of a deal which saw cult hero Luciano Becchio head to Norwich City.

He went on to spend two-and-a-half years signed to Leeds, most of which were forgettable. He struggled to score goals for the club and spent the 2013-14 season back on loan at former club Millwall.

 

The striker only scored five goals in 42 games for Leeds and was sent back to Millwall permanently in 2015.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – JANUARY 20: Steve Morison of Millwall celebrates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Millwall at Elland Road on January 20, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Leeds never truly appreciated Morison for what he does. Goals are not necessarily his game, but hard work and graft are his best attributes. In the Millwall team right now that is translating into excellent results for a team whose form is polar-opposite to Leeds’ bumbling 2018.

With Leeds struggling for strikers to have a sustained impact on the first-team, having a player like Morison in the side would undoubtedly be welcomed at Elland Road now.

Instead, Leeds may have to watch one of their more polarising strikers of the last decade lead an unfancied Millwall to play-off glory.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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