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Leeds United: Steve Morison looks back at ‘crazy’ summer of 2014

Leeds United: Steve Morison looks back at ‘crazy’ summer of 2014

Former Leeds United striker has been reflecting on what he has labelled as a “crazy” summer at the club back in 2014 (via The Times).

The 36-year-old played for the West Yorkshire club between 2013 and 2015, and experienced first-hand the first transfer window under former owner Massimo Cellino.

Italian businessman Cellino took over at Leeds in 2014 and Morison couldn’t believe what he was seeing during the first summer that the new owner was in place.

The Whites brought 15 new players into the club either on loan or on permanent deals (via TransferMarkt). A couple of experienced players in English football were drafted in, including Billy Sharp and Liam Cooper, but the majority of the signings were foreign players.

Morison admitted in an interview with The Times that he didn’t know who several of the new signings were, and that every day it seemed like there was a new person joining in training.

“Ross McCormack left to go to Fulham and then all these people were turning up, all these players. It was crazy. And I mean like a conveyor belt,” said Morison.

“Every day, there was a new player and you were like, ‘Who is this guy?’ He’s from a Serie C team in Italy.

“We’re warming up and this new lad has fake boots on. He’s running around with these Pumas on that have 100 studs on the bottom. It was a conveyor belt of people like this.”

That summer also saw Cellino draft in Dave Hockaday as the new manager, who joined from Forest Green Rovers. Morison has admitted that “no one had heard of him” when he was appointed – he went on to become Head of Male Football at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in 2016 (Bristol Post).

Looking back now, the Cellino era it was truly a ridiculous time in Leeds United’s recent history.

It was chaos from start to finish, as highlighted by what someone who witnessed it first-hand in Morison has had to say.

Thankfully, the club now appears to be in more stable hands with Andrea Radrizzani in charge. He has overseen a positive period at Elland Road so far, going close to promotion from the Championship last season and once again looking likely to be in contention this term.

Leeds fans, what are your memories of the summer transfer window in 2014? Let us know in the comments below…

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