Define wasted talent: Someone possessed talent but it was wasted because they did not want or weren’t able to use that talent to it’s fullest potential.
It’s almost like it was meant to be. The now 25-year-old Ravel Morrison is hoping to rebuild his career in Mexico for a club named Atlas, you don’t make things like that up. The praise he got from such a young age from such prestigious people in football was unrivalled and his career was destined to reach the very top.
In 2011, Ravel Morrison was the brightest hope in the Manchester United set up as he guided the likes of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard with him on their way to winning the Youth Cup. Morrison was seen as a similar mould to Paul Gascoigne, he was the “type who could beat men and score some incredible goals.”
Rio Ferdinand has publicly spoke about Ravel Morrison on many occasions, saying how he was the best young player he has ever seen.
Alex Ferguson, probably the best football manager of all time, rated Morrison as:
One of the most naturally talented youngsters the club had ever possessed.”
So how on earth did it all go so wrong for Ravel Morrison?
Well firstly the struggle to contain his attitude inevitably cost him his career at Manchester United and the youngster, who many United fans hoped would be their next big star, was gone.
Championship side at the time West Ham took a punt on Ravel Morrison as manager Sam Allardyce vowed to control the Englishman and nurture him to the very top. Big Sam was keen to see him get guaranteed game-time and so Morrison was loaned out to Birmingham in order to see if he was capable of performing at a higher level than the Manchester United youth.
Attitude problems threatened to ruin his chances at another team but despite the training ground fall-outs, it was his ability that was the main talking point. He scored his first league goal for Birmingham in November 2012; a ‘superb volley’ from a knockdown.
Having impressed with his form shown out on-loan, Ravel Morrison returned to West Ham the next season. On his full debut for the Hammers, he scored in a 2-1 League Cup victory over Cheltenham.
Having been there that day, I used the phrase “he’s like a magician” to describe the number 15. Seeing as I wasn’t lucky enough to be around to see the true wonders of West Ham, (Bobby Moore, Paulo Di Canio etc…) I was in ore of the way that Morrison played the game. He always demanded the ball and you could guarantee he would make something happen when he did.
If that wasn’t enough to love him, then came West Ham’s trip to White Hart Lane. Ravel Morrison single handedly ripped through the heart of Tottenham’s defence starting from his own half. He drove past anyone in his way then delicately chipped the ball over Lloris in goal.
Want to reminisce that goal too: Ravel Morrison goal vs Tottenham
He had everything. The skills, pace, finishing ability and the hunger to play but it was just constantly overshadowed by his bad-boy attitude that undoubtably ended any chance of him making a comeback into English football.
Failing to deal with his manner, Allardyce wanted to remind the media that despite having to be loaned out to Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff within the seasons after his introduction at West Ham, everyone was aware of Ravel Morrison.
It’s not that he has to impress me as a footballer, we know about his talent. It’s about playing the talent and himself to a disciplined life in general, is what needs to happen with Rav. If that happens we’d want him here.”
Much to the sadness of West Ham fans it just wasn’t meant to be. He gave them amazing times and moments that simply had your mouth to your jaw but after his contract was up, it was decided that Morrison was to move on.
Lazio was his destination of choice when leaving on a free transfer, maybe trying to follow in the foot steps of Paulo Di Canio. After only playing in eight games for the Italian outfit however, he became unsettled and failed to make an impact.
He currently plays in the Mexican league, on-loan to Atlas for the remainder of their 2017/18 campaign. His habit of making a real contribution on his debut happened once more and it seemed that Morrison and Mexico would get along just nicely.
Since the debut though, little has been heard about the man who was supposed to be one of England’s top stars by now. The man who many thought would be the £90m player and not his former team mate Paul Pogba.
That man is Ravel Morrison, who unfortunately is the prime example of a wasted talent.