By K.G. Bailey
It has been a busy few dramatic days for Leeds United, or so Twitter would have you believe. The panic and complaining has been blown way out of proportion. The LUFC hashtag is like an exaggerated episode of Loose Women..only its
grown men doing the whining!
Yesterday saw Steve Morison leave to go on loan to Millwall for the season. Neil Warnock's January buy whom he said would be a "Club Legend" is deemed surplus to requirements by Brian McDermott just 5 months later. Neil was right though when he said Leeds fans would look back & remember he signed him.
I did think with his confidence back and a pre season under his belt that Morison would probably be a hit this season. His finishes against Crystal Palace aren't finishes by a bad player. His finishing against Sheffield Wednesday however were finishes by a player carrying an injury and low on confidence. Maybe location wise he wasn't happy up North, believe me when I say the differences between Northern & Southern life is very different & that may have been a factor in his performances.
Regarding Morison, I found it funny some people who were saying he was awful last year were complaining he was being allowed to leave? To quote a phrase that applies to some - Moaning on Together..
GFH have been criticized by some for the Morison transfer saga but how is this the board's fault? In January want away Luciano Becchio wanted out so GFH backed the then manager Neil Warnock in bringing £17k p/w Steve Morison + receiving a cash figure for Becchio. Backing the manager.
Now, Brian McDermott obviously doesn't fancy Morison so they've allowed him to loan him out to free up wage space to bring in someone the current manager wants. Backing the manager.
Where's the problem?
There would be something to complain about if they said to Brian "No he cant go, this transfer has to work so make it work." They haven't said this, they've allowed Brian to do the business he needs to do. No they haven't thrown millions at Brian, but allowing Brian to manage the squad the best way he can is backing the manager in my book.
SPEND SPEND SPEND - a majority of fans bellow.
But why? What is the guarantee that spending £3 million on one player is the route to success? It hasn't worked for Leicester City yet and last season we beat them at home and almost (should have) beat them away. The spend spend spend mantra is what eventually got us the League One Tour when we had to lose genuine class like Lee Bowyer, Harry Kewell & Rio Ferdinand to replace them with the likes of Michael Ricketts.
What we have now is no crisis compared to those days, I think some of our fans forget how dark those days were or maybe some aren't old enough to remember them but, compare now to then and we're pretty healthy.
I understand improvements are needed in the squad and at this point in time we are having to shift a player to bring one in which I don't see as a major problem, its better that Brian brings in the players he believes will improve the squad than keep deadwood taking up valuable space on the wage bill.
Our youngsters are worth a look at too, Chris Dawson, Si Lenighan & Dom Poleon I believe should be in and around the first team next season and slowly behind them Alex Mowatt & Lewis Walters.
There can be no harm in trying them out, look at Crystal Palace with Zaha and Bolasie. Blackpool with Tom Ince. Young players play with no fear and if they've come through the academy they will be 100% committed to the cause. It can only be a good thing in addition to what Brian brings in from the transfer market whether it be on the very good free agency or if he unearths another unknown gem as he previously has done at Reading.
Last season was bad but I saw when Brian McDermott came in the performances improved, it didn't mask we need changes. In the end in the league we weren't that far away from the play offs considering how poor some of our performances were during the season.
You have to believe with Brian's additions + our better youth players & a now fully rested Rudy Austin, a Ross McCormack with his shooting boots back, an energetic Dom Poleon causing havoc as he did vs Nottingham Forest at home and Watford away & players that know if they don't perform well they wont be automatically selected as they were under Warnock that - we might just be OK.
The summer isn't over and I'm interested to see how it unfolds.
Marching on Together