Ravel Morrison joined West Ham from Manchester United in January 2012 and has been in fine form recently, scoring against Everton at the weekend.
The 20-year-old midfielder struck again in just 19 seconds in his side’s third-round Capital One Cup win against Cardiff.
Ricardo Vaz Te - who was widely thought to be leaving Upton Park in the summer - believes his teammate can be as good as he wants to be.
“Ravel is the biggest talent I have ever seen and I have played with players such as Nani,” said Vaz Te as reported in the London Evening Standard. “It’s up to him to become as good as he can be.
“He has to stay focused, keep improving, keep learning, he has to show the desire and commitment because in this life you can’t settle, you have to strive for more. It’s up to him.”
Vaz Te, who asked for a transfer in the summer window, also described his frustration at being left out by manager Sam Allardyce.
The Portuguese striker famously scored the goal that sealed the Hammers promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in the 2011/12 season.
“Obviously I enjoy playing,” added the 26-year-old. “That’s the reason I came here to West Ham and the reason why I am in this business.
“I can only keep knocking on the manager’s door and saying I deserve to play and I am ready.
“I’ve been asked to play in different positions and I’ve done that as much as possible for the benefit of the team and tried not to be selfish but this season has been quite frustrating because I haven’t been the first option and I think I deserve to be.
“I expressed my desire to leave because I want to play, I’m not 18 any more. I have huge respect for everyone. I didn’t say I wanted to leave to hurt anybody — I just want to play.
“The transfer request was to show I just want to play but if I can’t do that here, I have to move.
“People sometimes take too long to move on but I don’t have time for that. If I know I’m not going to play then I have to move on. My attitude is always the same, to work hard, improve and get in the team.”
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/130seMa
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.