West Ham United are set to lose patience over talented midfielder Ravel Morrison by sending him on loan to Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers for the remainder of the campaign.
After initially starring for the Hammers earlier in the season, it is the latest case in what has been a troubled and turbulent few years in the sport.
He was a prodigy at Manchester United, the one who Sir Alex Ferguson told Rio Ferdinand was ‘the best kid I have ever seen.’
The general consensus around Old Trafford at the time was that, if the boy could not become entrenched in criminality or gang-warfare off the field, he could go on to be the club’s greatest of all time.
He had an eye for goal, eye for a pass, a work-rate, an aggression, a determination and self-assurance that Ferguson believed, if treated and moulded with care, would make him a guarantee pick for the club and the national side for the best part of the next two decades.
Alas, it was not to be. The problems off the field were to prove costly to his Old Trafford career.
A court case for assault aged just 18 proved to be the final straw with Ferguson. He had watched a player dubbed to be one of the finest of his generation become muddled with the darker streets and people of Mancunian life.
He was sold to London as a way of separating him from local influences that were trying to derail his promising career.
Initially, life with the Hammers failed to get off the ground.
But a loan spell at Birmingham City, where he rediscovered a thirst for the game and become a prominent member of the first team, was to see him return to West Ham mature and improved.
This season he was marvellous. He scored a solo goal against Tottenham in October that was Lionel Messi-esque. Renamed as ‘Ravel,’ he was thriving at being on the big stage again.
His form even sparked rumours of a return to United, but injury has drawn his time at Upton Park – at least for now – to a close.
Morrison was reluctant to play with what he called a ‘niggling’ injury recently despite the medical staff telling manager Sam Allardyce it was not a problem likely to recur.
So now a spell at Loftus Road beckons. Despite QPR flying high and pushing for promotion, a player with his talents should be playing week in, week out in the Premier League.
Dropping down a division would be the latest in an already mistake-laden career.
Morrison should make his peace with Allardyce, listen to those in the know, and take the Premier League by storm again.
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