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Where Are They Now?: Ravel Morrison

There was once a time in East London when the very whisper of the name “Ravel Morrison” would elicit all kinds of excitement, but things never quite panned out how the controversial young midfielder would have hoped at Upton Park.

However, years on, why did his time at the Boleyn Ground end on a sour note? Has he yet fulfilled his incredible Footballing potential? And, more importantly, where is he now?

Ravel Morrison

Born just outside of Manchester in 1993, the soon to be attacking midfielder was picked up by Manchester United at a very tender age, entering their renowned Academy system.

Legendary United Boss Sir Alex Ferguson was a particular admirer of his ability from when he was in his early teens, looking to fast-track him into the first-team through the U18s and the Development Squad.

While with the U18 side, Morrison was part of the 2011 FA Youth Cup winning Red Devils Squad, alongside the likes of Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba, whilst making his Senior debut in the League Cup against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

But, as time progressed, patience was lost with the controversial starlet and he would depart Manchester, his last appearance under Ferguson coming in the Carling Cup in an away win at Aldershot Town.

The following January, Sam Allardyce took his opportunity to bring the misguided young charge to East London and did so on a three-and-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

At that time, the Irons were in the Championship, vying for Promotion back to the Premier League, a cause with Morrison was brought in to aid, but he would only figure once against Leeds United between that point and the end of the season.

As Allardyce’s men went up via the Play-offs, he thought it best that the attacking midfielder be loaned back down to the second tier with Birmingham City.

However, his tone at St Andrew’s would be an up and down period, stunning showings on the pitch being marred by reported laziness off it and disputes with Blues Manager Lee Clark.

Nevertheless, Ravel returned to Upon Park for the start of the 2013/2014 season after a strong finish to the previous campaign, he would flourish.

Morrison made his Premier League debut away at Newcastle United and scored his first Hammers goal just days later once again in the Cup against Cheltenham Town.

Further strikes would follow against Everton and Cardiff City, before, in the month that he made his England U21 debut, Morrison would make a trip to White Hart Lane which defined his time in Claret & Blue.

In the second-half of a memorable 0-3 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, the youngster ran the length of the pitch with the ball on the counter-attack, eventually chipping it over Hugo Lloris and in.

The strike earned him West Ham United Goal of the Season, remarkably, he would only go on to score once more for the club, his final notch coming in defeat at Carrow Road a month later.

In January of 2014, and amid rumours of a bust-up between players, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll and Manager Allardyce, he embarked a loan to Queens Park Rangers.

Here, his success would continue, scoring numerous vital goals as QPR earned promotion to the Top-Flight, whilst on the other side of the Capital, it was clear that minds had been made up about his future.

Only featuring against Sheffield United and Southampton for West Ham in 2014/2015, Ravel was sent out an unsuccessful loan to Cardiff, before finally leaving the club in February.

Morrison headed straight for Italy to join up with Lazio, another location where a series of injuries and poor off-field lifestyle choices would overshadow and perhaps even ruin his efforts on the field.

To this day, the attacker has only featured sparsely in the Serie A, having been loaned back for a largely uneventful stint at Loftus Road earlier this year.

Currently, at the age of 24, he is enjoying something of a rebirth in Mexico, on a short-term spell at Atlas on loan from Lazio, a club that still clearly believes he can one day make it big for them.

Ravel Morrison may still only be young and may still have an opportunity to meet some of the ambitious expectations from early in his Career, wherever he might be able to do that.

But, presently speaking and in the words of his former Boss Allardyce, his talent has been wasted, spent in the midst of Court cases, poor conduct and injury woes.