Ravel Morrison is one troubled individual, a player with immense potential but is often let down by his attitude and personal life. BBC News have today reported he has been remanded in custody over an alleged assault after being accused of punching and slapping his ex-girlfriend and her mother.
Morrison came through the Manchester United youth ranks and was strongly tipped to become a big player for the future but after a series of incidents Sir Alex Ferguson questioned his attitude and desire. He was sold to West Ham for £650,000 in January 2012 and Sir Alex told the Hammers “I hope you can sort him out, because if you can he’ll be a genius.”
Morrison spent the 2012/13 season on loan at Championship Birmingham City where manager Lee Clark described him as “the best footballer since Paul Gascoigne”. However with attitude problems plaguing him once again he struggled with time-keeping and general effort that saw Birmingham seeking to send him back from the loan spell early.
He started last season very brightly and made 15 appearances in the first half of the campaign. Sam Allardyce being delighted with his talents but during the second half of the season he was sent back out on loan to the Championship and Harry Redknapp’s QPR.
He played another 15 times as QPR went to the playoff final to win promotion where he remained an unused substitute on the bench. He scored 6 times in those matches and showed off a lot more of that potential.
The issue remains though that at 21 he already has a number of court appearances including pleading guilty to two counts of witness intimidation in 2o11 and has a police caution for assaulting his mother. This latest alleged assault could cause Ravel and West Ham big problems should he be found guilty.
It leaves Sam Allardyce with a dilemma that has already been widely reported… Does he persevere with his troubled genius or does he get out whilst he can and let another manager attempt to tame him?