Another brilliant performance from Ravel Morrison last night for England under 21’s, capped with two goals, was unfortunately marred by a pathetic fight with team-mate Wilfried Zaha.
It is not the first time that Morrison has found himself in a spot of bother. During his time with Manchester United, he was advised to attend domestic violence counselling in the wake of revelations surrounding his discordant home life with his girlfriend. He had also been placed on a 12 month referral due to intimidation charges, including threatening phone calls and throwing a brick through a window!
Enough was enough! Too much shame was brought to Manchester United and Ferguson was forced to sell. I can completely understand his decision, why hold on to a player who just seems to bring you problems?
Last night’s scrap with Zaha (obviously started by Ravel) was part of an archetypal night for Ravel. Two brilliant goals, showing plenty of promise and potential, ending with school boy immaturity. Ravel has been vital to West Ham this season, grabbing two great goals in the Prem and his work rate has been admired for a player of such a young age. He obviously has potential to be an England starter and may find himself on the plane to Brazil if he can curb his adolescent tendencies.
As a Man utd fan, it pains me to see Ravel doing so well at the moment, considering we possess wasteful players in similar positions such as Ashley Young and Nani. I hope we don’t regret selling him and he doesn’t do ‘too well’. However, as an England fan, I believe he can be a fantastic ‘risk’ for Hodgson to take to Brazil and may pay dividends with his huge potential.
On the note of Man utd, it would be a nightmare to think that Ravel could be ‘another Pogba’ and show us up by turning in master class performances week in week out. Although, I don’t have faith in Ravel’s maturity at the moment and cannot see him coming close to the dominant performances of Pogba. Nevertheless, we have been proven wrong before, such as the sale of Diego Forlan to Villarreal in 2004, going on to score 128 goals in 240 La Liga games, for both Villarreal and Atletico Madrid.
Regarding England, Ravel is just one of many England youngsters which Hogsdon has described as “knocking on the door for a starting place”. Ravel Morrison along with Andros Townsend, Ross Barkley and Wilfried Zaha are just a handful from a plethora of promising English talent eager to make their mark. The enthusiasm displayed by Townsend in England’s recent fixtures has been fantastic and if Ravel can replicate similar maturity and determination, he will surely be there in Brazil.