Ravel Morrison’s career could have gone south. By this point, despite only being 20, he could have taken a path that saw him well way from the game.
It says a lot about him that even with all the talent to become one of England’s best in this new wave, Alex Ferguson and Manchester United chose to move him on when they did. Despite the similarities with Paul Pogba’s issue over a new contract at Old Trafford and the events that led to his move to Juventus, both cases are not identical.
The player should, in a way then, feel grateful to West Ham for taking him on. Even though at the time of his arrival at Upton Park the club were in the Championship, it represented a second chance for a youngster who had a string of disciplinary problems.
West Ham are well within their right to report Fulham for what they believe to be “tapping up” in their pursuit of Morrison. West Ham have reportedly rejected a £6 million bid, but they won’t be comforted by word from Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen that he’s known the midfielder for a long time and that he wanted to join up with him at Craven Cottage.
For West Ham, somewhere in the mind there will be an acceptance that one day Morrison will move on. Now that he’s seemingly been put back on course and reapplied himself to the game, his talent is evident, as well as his ability at the highest level. It would only be natural if an offer from a bigger club eventually came in. From the player’s standpoint, he should be mindful that West Ham is the club who gave him the opportunity for his talents to be showcased in the top flight.
But that’s not the case with Fulham. The club will need an extremely strong effort and a bit of luck to avoid relegation this season, and yet according to Meulensteen, Morrison is more than keen to join. It’s a sideways move for the youngster if anything, possibly motivated by the promise of increased wages. Fulham will be doing all they can to prise Morrison away from West Ham, but it would be more than understandable if Sam Allardyce were to be disappointed in the player’s apparent role in this.
What is unfortunate is that West Ham’s complaint will likely fall on deaf ears. They’re not the first club to complain about tapping up, and yet despite it being an act outside the laws of the game, it’s common.
With Allardyce in a battle to keep West Ham in the Premier League, the last thing he needed was the club’s current top scorer to seek a move away. As is being reported, if a bid comes in for £10 million, the Hammers will have to triple Morrison’s wages if they’re to keep him. Therefore, selling for £10 million is said to be what West Ham have settled on – an issue they knew they’d have to face sooner or later.
The disappointment is the manner in which the potential move is taking place. Faith was placed into Morrison in 2012 by West Ham, and during these final few months of the season, they’d have been looking to him to inspire the club permanently out of the relegation zone.