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.
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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