West Ham’s controversial midfield talent Ravel Morrison has landed himself in another mess of trouble which could seal his fate and see him let go by the club.
The 21-year-old has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of punching and slapping his ex-girlfriend and her mother, the BBC report.
Morrison, charged with two counts of common assault, closed his eyes and puffed his cheeks out after being refused bail at Manchester Magistrates’ Court.
The Hammers' board are understood to have been keen on handing the England under-21 international a new contract prior to this debacle, despite manager Sam Allardyce’s apparent desire to sell him.
Big Sam has made no secret of his distaste for Morrison, loaning him out to QPR last season despite him showing some impressive form in the first half of the campaign, and the gaffer has since stated that he is not part of his plans.
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It was expected that because of West Ham co-owner David Sullivan’s comments regarding the former Manchester United man that he would be kept at Upton Park for the foreseeable future.
However, after the latest developments it is uncertain if he will still want to fight the corner of the controversial and troublesome star. Depending on the outcome of the case, perhaps now it is more likely that Big Sam will get his way and offload Morrison this summer.
He has scored three goals in 15 Premier League appearances and his direct running, skill and ability to pull off the sublime are some of the many reasons why the board are so desperate to hang on to him.
Last season he was a central protagonist in one of the best moments of the campaign for Hammers fans - when he scored a stunning solo effort against Tottenham Hotspur, which helped them claim an impressive 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane.
As an attacking midfield option he is everything the club could ask for, he dribbles past people and has a great shot on him which always puts opposition defenders on the back foot.
Despite his potential brilliance on the field, he does not seem like the type of character that one, or Big Sam to be precise, would want in their dressing room and understandably so.
He is a repeat offender and it was his attitude that caused Sir Alex Ferguson to sell him from United to West Ham in 2012, and after his latest controversy it does not look like he is on the verge of changing any time soon.
It would be a big shame if a potentially great career for Morrison is ruined and solely remembered for the off field antics that he gets himself involved in.
If it is signal the end of his time in east London then the player, along with the fans, will be disappointed they have not yet seen the best of him.