From West Ham’s future to forgotten star

Who remembers Ravel Morrison? You know – the guy that was once Manchester United’s best young talent and the same at West Ham. Just another wasted talent?

Sir Alex Ferguson once described Ravel as the most talented player he’d had during his time with United – quite an accolade when you consider the wealth of talent that has come through the ranks during that time, especially the ‘class of 92’.

Morrison then moved to West Ham after Sir Alex finally lost his patience. After moving to Upton Park and after an initial struggle to settle, he exploded onto the scene with a wonder goal vs Spurs. His performances were incredibly exciting to West Ham fans as he was far and away the standout player during the early part of a dismal season. Morrison was also finally receiving the mentoring and guidance under the wing of Kevin Nolan.

Following a loan spell towards the end of the season to QPR, Ravel returned to West Ham and was involved in the pre-season with the Hammers. However, after coming on as a substitute against Southampton he was deemed surplus to requirements as the Irons changed their formation and subsequently excluding the need for another attacking midfielder.

He was effectively chosen behind Kevin Nolan, and he’s not the most liked man in East London so Big Sam was criticised for his decision to let Morrison out on loan as he joined Cardiff City up until December.

Yet, so far, the 21-year-old has started only one game for Cardiff and made five appearances as a substitute. Unsurprisingly, during that time, he has failed to score or assist a single goal. The Bluebirds are currently sitting mid-table of the Championship and yet Morrison is yet to convince Russell Slade that he is worthy of a starting place.

Meanwhile, West Ham have had a somewhat dream start to life this season and sit joint on points with Arsenal after the first 10 games. When things are going so well, there’s nothing to moan about, and even Allardyce is starting to get some praise. Consequently, you rarely hear Ravel’s name murmured around the Boleyn Ground anymore – a shame really.

I, along with many West Ham fans, was a massive fan of the 21-year-old and had not seen a youngster with as much potential as Ravel at West Ham in a long time. However, despite still being a West Ham player and possibly due for return as a Christmas present, he’s starting to become a distant memory.

At the end of the day, if he can’t prove himself at Cardiff in the final two months of his loan spell then he certainly won’t be getting back into this West Ham side anytime soon.

He’s gone from the best of a bad bunch, to a fringe player not deemed worthy of a place on the bench. That may tell more about the improvements of the club over the past year than of the player himself, but a lot has been said about his attitude and there is no other reason why a player of his ability shouldn’t be cutting it in the Premier League.

Watch below to see Ravel Morrison’s latest antics as he got only a yellow for slapping Bolton’s Darren Pratley during Cardiff’s 3-0 defeat on Tuesday.