West Ham’s patience has finally run out with Ravel Morrison and the club is now willing to terminate the troubled midfielder’s contract with immediate effect, according to the Telegraph.
The 21-year-old has returned to Upton Park after his loan spell at Cardiff City was cut short due to ‘personal circumstances’.
Morrison was due to remain with the Championship outfit until Boxing Day but, after making just seven appearances for the Welsh club, he has returned to east London. It will not be a happy return, though, as the Hammers have had enough of his antics and are now willing to cut their losses by releasing him from their ranks.
For the past two years West Ham have given Morrison every chance to step up and finally mature into the player that everyone knows he can become.
There have been glimpses in between court appearances and other off the field controversies where he has shown he does have supreme talent – his sublime solo goal against Tottenham last season, for example – however it is his attitude that is his fatal flaw.
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The Irons board are big admirers of what the player can do on the pitch and despite Sam Allardyce’s distaste for the midfielder it was they who made sure he remained on the club’s books up to now, but Morrison has failed to repay their faith.
The former England under-21 international has had a troubled past but despite moving to different club’s all over the country, the trouble seems to go with him. This is no coincidence and he is clearly not making a conscious effort to put in the hard work and stay out of the controversies he often finds himself in.
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 have been so desperate to hang on to him.
However, he fails to deliver consistently and after underwhelming loan spells at Birmingham, QPR and Cardiff it has become apparent he has no future at West Ham.
Morrison has been managed by three of the country’s most experienced bosses – Sir Alex Ferguson, Allardyce and Harry Redknapp – none of them have been able to tame him and get him playing to his potential which highlights his flawed nature.
West Ham and particularly Allardyce will probably be glad to see the back of the troublesome youngster, but the fans may fear they have witnessed the club letting one of the best prospects in England leave for nothing.
They have the quality and strength throughout the squad that they won’t miss him in the slightest; it’s just a case of ‘what if’.
If Morrison does get his act together, like everyone wants and is willing him to do, he could still have a great career ahead of him. But on the path he is on, not many clubs will want to go near him which would be a tragedy for such a talent to go to waste.