When Leeds United got rid of fan favourite Luciano Becchio to Norwich City, the fee was minimal but the Whites did get Steve Morison in part exchange.
In football terms, for Leeds United fans anyway, trading Becchio for Morison was like walking in to a car dealership with a decent family saloon car for part-ex and coming out with a bit of a reliable hatchback.
Leeds United fans definitely felt a little short-changed with that particular deal. They don’t really like to be reminded of it.
During his time at Leeds, after signing for them on 31 January 2013, Morison made 42 appearances and scored just five goals for the Whites. 18 months later, at the beginning of August 2015, Morison returned to former club Millwall who had sold him four years previously for £2.7 million.
His strike rate has been more impressive for Millwall, in his two spells there he has notched 85 goals and provided 49 assists in 243 appearances. This total includes 11 goals scored over 38 League One fixtures this season. None of those 11 goals though will be seen as important as the one below, scored at Wembley today in the League One Play-Off Final.
Truth be told, it was a typical Steve Morison finish, sneaking in ahead of the last defender to stab the ball home. It was a goal that brought obvious joy to Millwall fans, but also was a goal that had Leeds United fans commenting on Twitter.
Morison goal ‘shifts’ Lions into the Championship – Leeds United fans comment on Twitter
Leeds United fans nicknamed Steve Morison ‘Shift’ because of the honesty that he went about his job at the club, always putting in a shift on the pitch. The goals were few and far between, fans more used to seeing this from the hard-working frontman rather than the net bulging.
— #WALMOT (@WALM0T33) May 20, 2017
Leeds fans were also quick to comment on the fact that his goal, the only one of the game, knocked out Leeds’ noisy neighbours Bradford City.
Great weekends as a #lufc fan
Morison makes it
— Ian F (@ianfraze) May 20, 2017
Some fans are worried though, that Morison’s return to the Championship will lead to that inevitable goal scored against the Whites by a former player.
Morison hat trick at Elland road is happening next season lads
— Jake (@JakeLUFC_) May 20, 2017
@R9Rai Big Steve Morison is gonna bang one against us I'm telling you.
— FazLUFC (@FarrarLUFC) May 20, 2017
Regarding the goal, this Leeds United account has it down to a tee.
— RightInTheGaryKellys (@RITGK) May 20, 2017
— Rob Barber (@robbarberLU91) May 20, 2017
This Leeds fan is commenting on the scenes at the final whistle when Millwall fans took to the Wembley pitch, spoiling the spectacle of their promotion to the Championship.
Fair play for to Steve Morison there! What a respectable man, always was at Leeds… Millwall fans spoiling what is a great achievement
— Adam Braid (@AMBraid) May 20, 2017
Leeds fan Gavin just seems to have a sense of love for Morison for his goal knocking out Bradford City.
In fact, Leeds United fans are commenting so much that the following has happened.
— Trendsmap Leeds (@TrendsLeeds) May 20, 2017