Ravel Morrison - Hit or Miss?

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When we think of English World Cup wildcards, one name consistently pop ups.  This one name has not even been included in any full England squads as yet, but it still hovers around, being whispered by people at each squad announcement.

England are calling out for a player of the ability shown consistently shown by Ravel Morrison. The way Morrison caresses the ball on his first touch, through to his dribbling and final pass/shot have left onlookers in awe during the first four months of the season. It has lead to numerous comparisons with a young Paul Gascoigne in his pomp.

The potential that Morrison has is phenomenal, but there is a reason he is currently playing at West Ham United and not Manchester United.  For all the talent Morrison possesses, there seems to be something holding him back.  

His well publicised public life has followed him since day one.  For, of all people, Sir Alex Ferguson to throw the towel in on Morrison's time at Manchester United shows just how deep rooted these problems were.

A move south to West Ham was seen by many as his last chance at forging his career as a top flight professional footballer.  It started well with a loan move to Birmingham City at the end of the 2012/13 season, giving him some first-team exposure, which resulted in a storming first four months of this season.  There have been problems though.

Two major instances this season have hinted that although there has been an improvement in Morrison's attitude, he is still prone to the odd misdemeanour's.  Step forward October 15, England Under21's vs Lithuania Under21's.  

England are in cruise control, and whether it be frustration or pure egotism, Morrison comes to blow with his own team-mate Wilfred Zaha over a lack of passing.  Although Morrison is not the first to come to blows with a team-mate, it still does not bode well for his chances in Brazil next summer.

The latest incident came last night.  Come the final whistle, Morrison took it upon himself to get embroiled in a row, running 50 yards to intervene and push Joel Ward in the face.  This earned him a yellow card, his fifth of the season.  Some tally for a creative midfielder when Christmas hasn't even been reached yet.

As an England fan, I for one would love to see Morrison in the squad to go to the World Cup. His talent is there to see.  England lack a player of his quality, although Ross Barkley has similar attributes.  

What's more, he is still relatively unknown across the world, ever more giving him a greater chance of being a surprise package in Brazil.  But the key question is whether we can rely on Morrison in such a high pressured environment.?

He obviously will know many of the players in the team, but to spend a month in a confined space, with people that he may or may not get along with, is a whole different matter.

Let's hope that the next 6 months prove pivotal in Morrison's development, and with guidance from Sam Allardyce, he can prosper for England and have a big impact in 2014 like Wayne Rooney's emergence at Euro 2004 in Portugal.

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