Ravel Morrison shows talent at last on West Ham debut
Troubled Manchester United reject makes headlines for the right reasons with man-of-the-match display
ONE of English football's most promising talents, Ravel Morrison, finally showed what he is capable of on the pitch as he produced a man-of-the-match performance on his full debut for West Ham in the Capital One Cup last night.
The troubled former Manchester United trainee made headlines for the right reasons for once as he created one goal and scored a fine winner for the Hammers against lowly Cheltenham Town.
The penny seems finally to have dropped for the 20-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Birmingham City.
Morrison was widely regarded as the most naturally gifted player to come through the ranks at Old Trafford since Paul Scholes in the early 1990s, and guided United to the FA Youth Cup in 2011.
But he was also seen as trouble. While on the books at Old Trafford he was cautioned for assault, fined by a court for throwing his girlfriend's mobile phone out of a window during a row, and in 2011 admitted two counts of witness intimidation, when it is widely believed that United helped keep him out of prison.
Soon after joining West Ham he was in trouble again for posting a homophobic tweet. He was sent to Birmingham City on loan, where he was dropped from the squad amid reports that his career was in the balance.
However, he eventually broke into the Birmingham team, and is now looking to establish himself in the Premier League with West Ham.
"Being in the hat for the Capital One Cup third round is good, but what West Ham United managed [against Cheltenham] might be even better," says The Independent. Morrison's display offered the "thrilling promise of the eventual unlocking of his potential".
According to the Daily Mirror, Morrison showed off his "massive potential" with his "stylish winner", while the Daily Telegraph says his goal "demonstrated why Sam Allardyce believes the midfielder is finally ready to deliver on his undoubted talent".
After the game West Ham assistant boss Neil McDonald explained that Morrison was now ready to "knock on the door". He explained: "As a kid coming from Manchester he thought he could walk straight into our first team and it was a shock to him when he didn't. I think the penny dropped when he was at Birmingham and he's come back a healthier and wiser young man. Now he has to keep on scoring and show consistency." ·