Jody Morris: I can take on attacking midfield role at Bristol City
JODY Morris is adamant he can become the midfield creator Bristol City are crying out for.
Signed on a free transfer from Scottish Premier League St Johnstone last month, former Chelsea star Morris is capable of operating in a number of different roles.
Essentially a defensive midfield player at McDiarmid Park in recent seasons, he is more than happy to adopt a more progressive role now that he has again teamed up with his former manager, Derek McInnes, at Ashton Gate.
McInnes has made no secret of his desire to recruit an attacking midfield creator and he has sounded out Liverpool starlet Suso and former Queens Park Rangers man Akos Buzsaky in recent weeks.
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But teenage Spaniard Suso is by no means certain to move to the Championship on loan, while City face stiff competition from Nottingham Forest for the signature of Hungarian international Buzsaky.
City have heard nothing from Buzsaky since last week and, if he opts to move elsewhere, McInnes will consider turning to Morris to provide ammunition for his forwards.
"To be honest, I've played both roles under different managers," said Morris. "The gaffer used me as a holding player up in Scotland, but that might have been because of the other players he had at his disposal.
"But he has a bigger and better squad here than at St Johnstone and things could be very different.
"It is not something we have really discussed as yet, but I am equally happy in either role.
"I've never been the kind of attacking midfielder who bangs in ten or more goals a season. But I'd like to think I can keep the ball, take up advanced positions and create opportunities for others. I have played in the Championship before and know the league and I'm confident I can play in a more forward role if asked to."
City already have a number of holding midfielder players on their books, notably Marvin Elliott and Cole Skuse, while even the more creative Neil Kilkenny has a tendency to drop deep in search of the ball.
Paul Hartley was the last regular provider of goalscoring opportunities from central midfield, the Scot creating many of the 21 goals scored by Nicky Maynard in the 2009-10 season.
Morris insists his football upbringing at Chelsea enables him to play a similarly creative role.
He said: "You don't expect to work with people like Glenn Hoddle and Graham Rix and not know how to keep the ball.
"I have always believed the game should be played on the deck and keeping possession is definitely the most important thing.
"Any side that can do that in the Championship is going to have an edge and I would like to think I can help in that respect.
"I may be 33, but I feel as fit as I did ten years ago and I can do a job box to box if called upon."