A number of man of the match performances and amazing goals scored by Ravel Morrison made him a promising figure for Manchester United and England but things took a turn when he was admitted with 2 counts of witness intimidation and a number of more charges which ultimately lead him to the end of his career with Manchester in January of last year.
Sam Allardyce says Sir Alex Ferguson told him Morrison was ‘a brilliant footballer’ who ‘needs to get away from Manchester and start a new life’.
A brilliant player but with discipline problems has tampered with the possibility of creating an international career and playing with England although recent performances with West Ham and statements from players are suggesting that he can indeed be added into England’s under 21 once more.
His brilliant solo goal against Tottenham last month, which saw him picking up the ball in midfield then dribbling past Spurs defenders before dinking in a finish, summed up how deadly and effective the combination of those qualities can be.
The West Ham man is also accumulating experience at a rapid rate. If he stays injury free and keeps his form up it may be the change he needs to be regarded as one of the most promising youngsters in the world.
Morrison played with Birmingham City on a loan deal and the coach spoke about what it was to have him in the team.
‘I didn’t go into it with my eyes closed,’ said Clark, ‘I knew there were issues there, some of Ravel’s own making and some not of his choice.
‘I gave him advice on a daily basis when I thought he wasn’t behaving in the right way. If you’re a talented footballer playing at the highest level all the rewards come with that, financial and performance wise.
The only thing stopping Morrison from being a legendary player is himself and he has nothing but time to accomplish that task.
Former Manchester United star Ravel Morrison has been facing a number of issues on and off the field. He was once spoken of as the next big thing from English football, but his impact has reduced in the last few years. He is currently with West Ham United, but he has spent the last few seasons on loan deals elsewhere after being unable to get first team action at Upton Park. The 20-year-old spent the last season at Birmingham city where he was one of the best players. It looks like he will return to the St Andrews on yet another loan spell.
Despite this, West Ham captain Kevin Nolan has said that he is confident that Morrison is set for great things in the future. Unlike in the past, Nolan says that Morrison is more matured and this is definitely showing in his game. He has praised the loan spell he had at Birmingham because it has really transformed him. Morrison was signed for around £ 1.5 million from Manchester United. It looked like West Ham had finally lost patience with the striker, but manager Sam Allardyce has been using him in the pre-season.
He has also impressed in pre-season with two goals against Sporting Lisbon in the 3-2 victory.
“He has grown up and I think he has come back with a renewed approach. I am going to help him as much as I can by talking to him on and off the pitch. Last year he started like that, but it was all the off-field stuff and his mental attitude to the game. He let himself down with not turning up and things like that. But speaking to (manager) Lee Clark at Birmingham, he said he really worked hard on him and towards the end had him on board. That’s what you got to have with Rav,” said Nolan.
Birmingham manager Lee Clarke has revealed that he is extremely interested in having Ravel Morrison in the squad for next season as well. The midfielder, who was on loan from West Ham last season, was one of the impressive players for Birmingham. The club managed to finish the Championship season in the mid-table positions, which was reasonable given the financial difficulties they have been facing in recent years. Clarke is now hoping that he is able to strike a deal with West Ham to keep Morrison for one more season on a loan deal.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce may be interested in such a deal given that it may help him to develop Morrison even more. The former Manchester United man may not get regular first-team opportunities at Upton Park immediately. Hence, it makes sense to keep him out on loan for another season in the hope of building his experience. The midfielder made 30 appearances in all competitions and scored three goals as well. He has had a reputation for being hot headed, but Clarke managed him extremely well during his time at St Andrews.
The manager has revealed that he is looking at bringing in a couple of players on a permanent deal before the end of the transfer window. The club are likely to challenge for a play-off position this season.
“I have made it common knowledge that I would like to re-sign Ravel Morrison and Shane Ferguson. We have registered our interest in bringing those lads back so that’s a possibility. Ravel and Shane have both indicated to me that they would like to come back. The thing with Ravel is that, for a manager, he has been a challenge, without a shadow of a doubt. I am hoping that maybe I can get two more in, possibly three,” said Clarke.
The Birmingham City assistant manager Terry McDermott has said that he expects the former Manchester United striker Ravel Morrison to become one of the best players in the game in the future. The 19-year-old striker is currently on a season long loan deal at the St Andrews. He recently scored his first goal for the club. Following the match, the assistant manager has said that he is extremely impressed with the striker. Ravel Morrison has a history of being a troublesome kid, which led to the Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson not being very keen on retaining him.
He moved to West Ham United last season on a free transfer, although Manchester United were eligible to receive a transfer fee for him. However, he has found it games hard to come by at West Ham United following their promotion to the Premier league. He has now been sent on a loan deal to Birmingham City, who have been struggling in the Championship this season. He recently scored his first goal for the club in the 3-2 defeat at the hands of Hull City. After the match, Terry McDermott praised the youngster by saying that he has all the qualities to be at the top of the game.
“He’s a great talent. I know he’s got a reputation but he’s a great kid and he wants to do well here. He loves being here and wants to be involved. He’s got the ability to go right to the top and he will do if he listens to the right people, like the manager and the coaching staff. We’ve all helped him but we know there’s more to come,” said McDermott after the match. Birmingham find themselves closer to the relegation zone, as they are just five points above the 18th placed Sheffield Wednesday.
The former Manchester United striker Ravel Morrison was one of the standout players for West Ham in the pre-season friendly match against Boreham Wood. It was a disappointing result for the West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce, who saw his side manage only a draw against the lower league opposition. However, he would have been extremely happy at the workout his players got in the match, which is far more important in a pre-season friendly than the result. Sam Allardyce has managed to get West Ham back into the Premier league after just one season. So far, the club has signed seven players in the transfer window, as they look to remain in the Premier league.
The former Manchester United striker Ravel Morrison, who was once described as the greatest talent the club has seen since the days of Paul Scholes, has also recently signed for the club on a free transfer after his contract with Manchester United came to an end. He was one of the players on the pitch for West Ham United, as Sam Allardyce decided to use two different teams in either half. The team’s had a mixture of youth and experience and is likely to be the template in the Premier league season.
“I think he is an exciting sort of player, especially when we have got the ball. He can play that final pass and drive on with the ball, which is certainly what you need in the Premiership. It was a good workout for him, another 45 minutes under his belt after 90 against Austria Vienna, so that is a good week for him and he has got to know the other players a little better,” said the assistant manager of the club after seeing the performance of the former Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison.
The recent arrival of Swiss youngster Raphael Spiegel makes it three in and one out for West Ham, who have been more active than most in the goalkeeper market of late.
12 time England international Robert Green was the man in goal last term, and despite sticking with the club for their season in the Championship has decided that the time is right to move on following the end of his contract. The 32 year old will make the short move across London, having agreed a two year deal with Queen’s Park Rangers.
Manager Sam Allardyce has wasted no time in replacing Green, moving for long time colleague Jussi Jaaseklainen who served in goal throughout Allardyce’s 8 year reign at Bolton Wanderers. In the latter half of last season the experienced Finn lost his place in the starting line-up to Hungarian Adam Bogdan as Bolton were ultimately relegated, and has similarly moved on a free transfer.
The 37 year old will face competition from 24 year old Irishman Stephen Henderson, who was on loan with the Hammers last term and despite not featuring for the first team has recently completed a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee from troubled Portsmouth.
The latest addition is Switzerland Under-20 international Spiegel, who joins from Swiss Super League side Grasshopper Zurich. The 6’3” 19 year old has played for his country at every youth level and made 17 league appearances during a loan spell at Swiss second tier side SC Bruhl last term.
Goalkeeping recruits are not the only new arrivals to West Ham, as Allardyce looks to rejuvenate his squad to ensure a successful return to the Premier League. Defender George McCartney and midfielder Mohammed Diame both come with proven records in the top flight, and West Ham will be delighted to have secured Mali international forward Modibo Maiga from Sochaux, who was widely expected to join highflyers Newcastle in January.