Former English Whiz Kid Not Coming to Newcastle


It was three years ago in January 2012 that Newcastle United were very interested in whiz kid Ravel Morrison, who at the time was an 18 year-old at Manchester United, who Sir Alex Ferguson had put up for sale because of reported disciplinary problems.

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Ravel Morrison – 21 year old former Man United youngster

Morrison’s contract at the Red Devils had just six months to run at that time, and Newcastle had a couple of bids down for the then 18 year-old.

The youngster finally signed for West Ham United on the last day of the transfer window in 2012, but he has not been a success at the Hammers, and has been sent out on loan to Birmingham City, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City over the last three years.

His three-month loan deal to Cardiff has only just ended (he made 7 appearances), and he has been offered to Newcastle in a cut deal price with Sam Allardyce seemingly having given up on him.

Ravel is not a disciplined player and he had discipline troubles at Manchester United before Ferguson decided to move him out, and it seems great skill can only go so far with today’s footballers.

And as we found out with Hatem Ben Arfa at Newcastle (and at Hull City), if a player is not willing to follow orders and train hard then their careers seem to go nowhere.

And Liverpool are finding out that bad-boy Mario Balotelli can be a disruptive influence at any club,  and manager Brendan Rodgers has recently said he will not pick the Italian for the first team until he improves in training – and while at Inter-Milan Jose Mourinho called the young Mario unmanageable.

That also seems to be the unfortunate case with 21 year old Ravel Morrison, as Newcastle have turned down the offer to sign him, and there is no way the club will be signing Morrison, according to the Chronicle.

It’s just a pity the youngster cannot see the light, and be able to rescue his career before it’s too late – because he is an extremely talented youngster.

For the record Morrison has played 24 games for West Ham with 5 goals and 2 assists and in total – including time spend on loan – he has made 81 first team appearances with 14 goals and 7 assists.

He turns 22 a week on Monday.

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10 comments so far

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 25, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Amazing really that talented players can’t see past their big egos.
    Balotelli could be in his national squad if he was playing club football ,the same goes for Morrison and Ben Arfa .
    Had they put in the effort and got involved in what is after all a team game. They’d find themselves enjoying football again.
    What a waste of talent,should be disgusted with themselves really,how many supporters would’ve given everything they had to have the same chance.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 25, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Morrison could still be a gamble worth taking, but with this sort of character it is impossible to decide without knowing who the head coach is and whether he has the qualities to handle this sort of attitude. That is one of the drawbacks of our transfer policy still continuing while we are unsure of the net man in charge.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 25, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #3

    next*

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 25, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #4

    For the sake of not going over old ground, I don’t want to say that I saw Hatem do more defensive work than Ginola and Robert… Oops, guess that I just did.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 25, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #5

    I thought Morrison had signed for Lazio? I thought I read I on Sky Sports yesterday?

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  • lesh

    Jan 25, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #6

    If Ferguson and Allardyce couldn’t tame Morrison, then he’s best kept well away from Tyneside.

    Although parallels are being drawn between Chairman Ashleyski’s regime and North Korea, maybe North Korea would have something to offer Morrison that would go some way to meeting his (Morrison’s) needs!

    Maybe his agent could approach Pyongyang United?

    Ah, hang on, I wonder if our Great Leader might have plans to rename NUFC?

    Mmmm, Pyongyang United does have a certain ring to it.

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  • lesh

    Jan 25, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Laurent Robert 32

    Only because the great one told him to defend more. Keegan and SBR didn’t try that with Ginola and Robert.

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  • Mag52

    Jan 25, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Lilongwe (previous post)

    I don’t think you quite got the idea of my post about Sanogo.
    My point was that in our dysfunctional club it has taken a year and more to get hold of a CF, while Palace managed to get a pretty decent one on loan within a month.
    I reserve the right to mention the manager of any other club in my blogs, including Alan Pardew if appropriate.

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  • chasing_rabbits

    Jan 25, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    I still haven’t quite got over the Ben Arfa saga. The guy had so much potential, such a waste. I’d like to think Cabella will give us a much more consistent attacking flair when he’s fully settled in though.

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  • jasonmag

    Jan 25, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #10

    we need a head coach first, before we try and sign unruly players. the lad needs someone to show him how to be a footballer and we have nobody to do that.

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