So it appears that exciting youngster, Ravel Morrison, is finally being given the chance to show the club exactly what he can do on the pitch. Although many West Ham fans have been calling upon the club to play Morrison since the moment he arrived as a trouble-making 18 year-old, I am sure all of us recognise that it was the right decision to wait and allow Ravel to gain some experience in the Championship with Birmingham City as he did last season before giving him his chance to impress in pre-season for us.
He has always been recognised as a technically gifted footballer who could go on to play for England, however I now believe that he is showing signs of maturity and a change in his attitude which could make him a much more well rounded individual. Since being fined by the FA for making homophobic comments on Twitter almost 18 months ago, there have been no significant reports of his bad attitude or controversial run ins with the law and I think that this now shows how ready he is for his chance in West Ham colours and he now seems hungry to succeed at the club. I must admit that I had huge doubts in my mind that a teenager who had beaten up his mum, been charged with intimidating witnesses in the same case and been told by Sir Alex Ferguson that he wanted him as far away from Manchester United as possible was the right player for us to be bringing in. However, I firmly believe that we may have seen a massive change in his attitude and he could well be a star of the future.
The only issue now is that after impressing greatly for Birmingham last season, picking up numerous man of the match awards and recently scoring two goals in two games in pre-season, is he yet ready to start games at Premier League level? I personally have not seen enough of him to say that he should be starting games on a regular basis next season and believe that he would be a fantastic option to have on the bench next season and coming on for ten or twenty minutes in games to gain experience and change a game at the same time with his pace and technical ability. Big Sam has obviously seen more of him than me and will do over the course of pre-season but I think he would find it very difficult to replace his beloved Kevin Nolan who brings bags of experience and has a great relationship with Andy Carroll with an inexperienced Ravel Morrison who has never even played alongside Carroll.
As long as Ravel continues to impress throughout pre-season I see no reason at all for Big Sam to feel that he is not worthy of at least a place on the bench and hopefully he can be the one to inject that technical flair which our side lacks.