Steve Morison has officially joined Millwall on a season-long loan, seen as part of Brian McDermott’s efforts to reshape the first team squad in the face of a lack of transfer funds available. This is apparently in order to acquire Noel Hunt, someone McDermott has had a verbal agreement with for a number of weeks now.
Morison departs Leeds having scored a grand total of three goals, which is the same number as the previous occupant of the number 9 shirt, Billy Paynter. The departed was initially signed in January as part of a swap deal for Luciano Becchio. Given today’s move, this puts Leeds in the unenviable position of having to explain why Becchio essentially departed the club for £250,000, given the lack of fee involved in Morison’s move.
Questions had been had over Morison’s ability at the end of last season, but most were willing to forgive him for a lack of fitness after a long injury lay-off. Many were looking forward to seeing what he could achieve this season, but clearly Morison was not part of McDermott’s plans for the season ahead.
Sadly, this probably means the Neil Warnock planned Steve Morison statue has been put aside temporarily, or at the very least relocated to London.