Date: 4th January 2017 at 3:29pm
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This isn’t something I thought I would be discussing at all if I am being perfectly honest. Michael Morrison has been a rock since he has come in at Birmingham City but this season something just hasn’t clicked for him.

With the added competition of Ryan Shotton this year, it finally looks as though Morrison has been knocked off the top spot of being the best central defender at Blues, and that isn’t something that I am comfortable admitting if I am honest.

As a devoted Blues fan, seeing your team captain fail to hit form for the majority of the first half of the season is a little bit sad but footballers have these spells where they don’t perform to the best of their abilities and Morrison is certainly going through on of those spells at this moment in time.

Since he arrived at Blues, Morrison has been solid at the back and he has looked outstanding but maybe that is because he hasn’t really had anyone who has come near to the quality he had previously shown.

Well now he is being shown up most weeks by summer signing Shotton. The outstanding performances of the former Derby County man have highlighted that Morrison has been carrying the defence for far to long and that now he is being carried by Shotton.

Although it isn’t necessarily a bad thing that Morrison is receiving help in the defensive department, to be showed up so consistently is something that should worry most and I don’t think that I am the only one who has noticed his poor performances in recent weeks.

When Blues played Barnsley on New Years Eve, Morrison was poor on the day, in fact the poorest he has been all season, and he replicated that performance in the second half on Saturday in the defeat to Brentford.

With all that being said, it will be very interesting to see if Gianfranco Zola makes the bold decision to drop Morrison at some point, whether it be this weekend against Newcastle United in the cup or the following weekend in the league against Nottingham Forest.

In my opinion, something needs to be done about his overall performance in the team at the moment and although it may seem unfair to blame just one player, he has been consistently one of the poorest performances in the team this season.

Blues fans, do you agree that Ryan Shotton has been carrying Michael Morrison this season? Would you drop him for the game against Newcastle United this weekend? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!

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8 Replies to “Michael Morrison – What’s happened to the Blues captain?”

  • No I don’t agree Morrison IMO as been rock solid for most the season!! It’s only the last 4/5 games he as looked blow his best. Maybe he is straddling with the new stile!!!.

  • The problem is Zola can’t drop Morrison cos there’s no one to replace him. I’d like to see Brown, & VSO given a start on saturday in the cup & maybe Caddis if he’s fit enough or Cogley, as Arthur & Adams are back from their loans & Fabbrini is fit again throw them into the mix too.

  • Morrison has made some big mistakes that has cost us goals. And give away penaltys. So he need to man up and play a strong performance. Sorry but it’s true.

  • IMO its the other way around. Shotton is causing chaos in blues defence with his mistakes and miskicks. Too many times he gets into situations where he fumbles or loses the ball, or has to make a last ditch tackle to rescue it. I saw him laugh to Morrison after one of his miskicks and Morrison didn’t exactly join in with the fun. I think Morrisons nerves are shot to bits having to work with this clown.

  • Not having two defensive midfielders in front is showing the defenders for what they are. The flukey wins under Rowett have papered over the cracks. For any of us who have watched us desperately hoofing the ball away and only winning games because of poor finishing or great saves by our keeper it was evident that our defence was poor. We probably need to return to 4231 counter attack football until we have the team to play 3-5-2. Caddis and Hancox would’ve been the ideal wingbacks.

  • Gazal I can’t agree with you there mate, Shotton is having to do the jobs of 2 men cos Morrison goes awol. Against Derby the ref told Morrison he was watching him for tugging & he STILL goes & wrestles the player to the ground & gives away a penalty which cost us a valueable point, how thick is that?, he’s far too lightweight.
    Ijaz H. I think you’ll find we do still have defensive midfielders in front of the back 4 but at the moment we don’t seem to be playing as a unit.

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