Former Leeds United striker, Steve Morison, has opened up as to why he failed during his time at Elland Road.
Morison never quite hit it off for the Whites, and in his first season with the club managed just three goals, a very poor tally for a player of his capabilities.
He has also opened up on the ‘shock’ decision that his former club Norwich had made to swap him with Luciano Becchio, where Morison stated that he did not want to go to Leeds.
The 36-year-old is now plying his trade with Shrewsbury Town after a number of hugely successful years at Millwall.
Speaking to The Athletic, Morison said: “I failed at Leeds, I totally get that. I failed because of myself, not because of anyone else.
“I don’t need to tell you how much of a mess the club was [at the time], that’s a given, but I messed up. I made a bad choice and I failed.
“I was trying to prove a point without having the body to prove it. I was fighting a mental battle to prove people wrong. Physically, I couldn’t do it.
“Did I want to go to Leeds? No, I didn’t. Ultimately, my hand was forced. Getting a phone call on a Wednesday to say, ‘By the way, we’ve just done a swap deal with Luciano Becchio and you’re doing the other direction’ it was a shock.”
Steve Morison is always brutally honest and that’s what makes him such a likeable character. It’s nice to hear a player admit that he made a mistake rather than blaming the club.
It was an interesting swap deal at the time, and everyone was eager to see how both strikers hit it off for their new clubs, but in truth it wasn’t really a deal that worked out well for anyone.
It was never going to be easy at a club like Leeds, especially at that period in time, but it’s good to hear Morison is honest about his time at the Whites.