Controversial West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison could be on his way out of Upton Park this summer following Sam Allardyce’s admission that he is not part of his plans, but the 21-year-old still has a lot to give and could be pivotal if given the chance.
It is understood that there is a conflict between the Hammers board and manager over the future of Morrison, with co-owner David Sullivan admitting that they would like to keep the youngster while Big Sam is happy to sell.
“Sam has said Ravel is not part of his plans but we as a board see him as part of our plans,” Sullivan told The Daily Mail.
“We would like to sit down and give him a longer contract. We do like him and do see him as a long term part of the club but we have to agree it with the manager because there is no point signing a player he is not going to play.”
Morrison joined the east London outfit in 2012 after graduating from the Manchester United academy, however limited chances at Old Trafford led him to be sold to the Hammers.
The midfielder has been capped by England at U16, U17 and U18 level and made his debut for the U21s against San Marino.
Despite his relatively large stature in youth and academy ranks, though, Morrison has failed to consistently produce the same form that saw him branded as a star at professional level.
We have seen glimpses of his brilliance, following a loan spell at Birmingham City he returned to Upton Park and became one of the club’s best players during the first half of the 2013/14 campaign.
One moment that stood out to many was his stunning solo effort against Tottenham Hotspur, which helped West Ham claim a stunning 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane.
He has scored three goals in 15 Premier League appearances and his direct running, skill and ability to pull off the sublime is a major factor as to why the Hammers should not only keep him, but consistently play him.
As an attacking midfield option, he is everything Hammers fans could ask for, he dribbles past people and has a great shot on him which always puts opposition defenders on the back foot.
He is also still only young, so the more he plays at the top level the more he will learn and grow, which can only benefit West Ham in the long run.
Out of favour
The fans’ favourite at Upton Park is currently recovering from a minor groin operation while the rest of the Hammers' squad are touring New Zealand.
The procedure was delayed, however, after Morrison refused to have the op because he was frightened about being cut.
The midfielder was shipped out on loan to QPR in February as Allardyce constantly claimed he was injured – only for Morrison to play regularly at Loftus Road and help them regain promotion to the Premier League.
He scored six goals in 15 Championship appearances for Harry Redknapp’s side and showed that he has the ability and belief in himself that could yet see him become a star, but he needs the support and trust of his manager to truly thrive.
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