Kevin Nolan feels West Ham youngster Ravel Morrison has grown up following his loan spell with Birmingham City, and believes the 20-year-old can fulfil his potential to become a top player for the Hammers.
Once considered as one of English football's brightest prospects, the winger has been hampered by disciplinary trouble and off-the-pitch problems, leading to his departure from Manchester United last year.
But after a successful loan spell at Birmingham last season, Morrison looks to have settled down on his return to the club, with teammate Nolan keen to help him reach the top level.
"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," said Nolan.
"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.
"If he can get it all right, he will be a top player for years to come," Nolan added.
After keeping his patience with Morrison, manager Sam Allardyce looks to be reaping the rewards after some impressive pre-season displays from the youngster.
Morrison scored a brace in the club's victory over Sporting Lisbon this week, and has firmly put himself in the frame for a starting place when the season kicks off, with his ability pleasing Nolan.
"The lad has got great ability and can score goals, too. This could be the start of a fantastic career for him."
West Ham begin their Premier League campaign with a home game against newly promoted Cardiff City on August 17.
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