Filed: Monday, 16th April 2012
By: Staff Writer
Recent signing Ravel Morrison is still hoping to play some part in West Ham's remaining fixtures this season.
The former Manchester United youngster joined West Ham on transfer deadline day since when he has made just the one first team appearance, in United's 1-1 draw against Leeds at Elland Road.
Since that game a month ago tomorrow, the 19-year-old has failed to make a single appearance for the first team - and bar the 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough at the Boleyn Ground on 20th March when he was an unused substitute, Morrison has failed to make a single match day squad.
That absence has led to all manners of rumours suggesting reasons for his omission from the first team picture - including bust-ups with fellow team mates, no-shows at training, a club suspension and even one suggestion that he had walked out on the club and was living back in Manchester.
However as is often the case, the truth is rather less newsworthy and the youngster's absence from recent squads has, KUMB.com understands, been due to a back injury - from which he has now recovered.
Sam Allardyce warned Morrison in the week following the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough that the former England youth international needed to start making the most of his obvious talent.
"What is in his personality is the key to delivering a career," said Big Sam. "We can guide him to succeed in his own career but he's responsible for that. The talent deserves the big stage, but you have to have the capability, psychologically, to transform that ability."
And following Saturday's 6-0 thrashing of Brighton, the manager issued a general warning to all of his young players.
"You often see young players drift out of the game and abuse their talent," added Allardyce. "That's what we say in the game - "don't abuse your talent, son", because it's not just talent that makes you a top level professional footballer."
Gong for Rav [4th Apr 2014]
Macca: consistency is key for Ravel [10th Mar 2014]
Morrison praised for solo show [10th Mar 2014]
Hammers miss out once again [27th Feb 2014]
Allardyce open to Morrison return [21st Feb 2014]
The lonely Ranger [19th Feb 2014]
Morrison departure confirmed [16th Feb 2014]
Redknapp: Morrison's a gamble [14th Feb 2014]
Sam unconvinced by Morrison injury [11th Feb 2014]
by g portugal
07:00AM 17th Apr 2012
''Was unnecessary to bring this guy in, as was case with Montenegro. What is the point of spending money like this? And what was point of taking a chance on an injury-prone out of form David Bentley?
Some of the signigs have been very wasteful. It's not rocket science - the signing of Vaz Te should have been done last August, not January. And Piquionne should have been offloaded then, even at a cut price. Questions also have to be asked about the signing of Baldock. Was this guy ever going to help get us promoted, or survive in the PL? No. He has some talent and might be one for the future, but when people like Jason Roberts were about we should have thought more carefully.
Baldock may end up being another Sears as he is small and easily knocked off the ball. Why would we get a carbon copy of Sears, even if he is slightly better? It shouldn't be about the quantity of signings, but the quality. Less is more, in terms of size of squad.''
by Daniel King
09:24PM 16th Apr 2012
''Didn't he come off the bench away at Cardiff for 10 mins?''
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