Ravel Morrison’s stunning goal for West Ham United against Tottenham has sent speculation into overdrive about his future.
With a reported buy-out clause of £19million and just 18 months left on his contract, his current club fear bids from the big boys.
Sam Allardyce has already voiced his concerns about an offer from former club Manchester United, who may look to buy him back now he seems to have matured slightly.
While the notion may appeal greatly to the Red Devils, buying him back at this point in time would be a mistake for all parties involved.
For one West Ham United will lose a rapidly improving player, Morrison will lose the sanctuary of London, which has allowed him to get away from the bad company that led him astray in Manchester, and United will risk taking on a player who might just regress to his old habits.
It should not be forgotten that Sir Alex Ferguson selling Morrison was almost an act of compassion.
He knew Ravel had to get away from Manchester to have any chance of doing justice to his talent. The kid has made progress but that progress has to be taken with a pinch of salt.
Until and unless he has proved to himself, to West Ham, and even to his boyhood club that he can handle the relentless spotlight that comes with being a top player in the Premier League on a consistent basis, a move should be out of the question.
A transfer may be more feasible a couple of years down the line, but all three parties would be shooting themselves in the foot by bringing about such a big change in the career of a player who is so fragile mentally that it has taken him more than a couple of years after turning professional to get his mind on the job.