Ravel Morrison


Stan Collymore writes in the Sunday People that the player must have Ravel Morrison sad tale in mind if he wants to make it to the top.

Collymore writes that like a lot of teenage boys, Marcus Rashford’s bedroom walls will probably be adorned with posters of the hottest models and his ­biggest football heroes, but right now he needs to look at only two pin-ups when he opens his eyes every morning: Ruud van Nistelrooy on one wall and Ravel Morrison on the other.

“Van Nistelrooy will remind the latest talent to emerge from the Manchester United production line of everything he can achieve at the club through hard work and dedication. Morrison, however, will serve as a cautionary tale of what ­happens when you don’t make the most of your ability. I watched a show called London Live last week on which Jason Cundy, the former Chelsea and Tottenham defender, interviewed West Ham’s James Tomkins. Tomkins said that Morrison, by a country mile, was the most ­talented player he had ever trained with.

“Some United players have said the same in recent years but despite his talent Morrison was still biffed off by Sir Alex Ferguson because of his attitude and he then failed to make the grade at West Ham, Birmingham, QPR and Cardiff as well. Now he’s at Lazio and there are worse places to be, but at 23 he should still be lighting up the Theatre of Dreams and pushing for a place in the England squad rather than being ostracized in Italy. Yes, he has to enjoy life but my advice would be not to take it all too ­seriously and ­certainly don’t start going out on the town with the seniors,” Collymore admonishes.

Janujaj, Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison, and Jesse Lingard made the best youth team since the Class of ’92 and were touted to make the senior team but they all took different paths.