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Don't know how much of it is gas but my old WHU friends are telling me old habits are dying hard with Ravel

still seen out most night and turning up to training late...

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He's not gonna become a choir boy over night,

And having a bigger new city to maraud around and explore certain misdemeanours are expected, especially from someone of that age,

on the bench again away to dirty Leeds, few streams about.

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Championship thread this should be

West Ham v Boro on sky

should be a good game, Hammill neva looked comfortable at Wolves is on loan at Boro and Emnes has really found his feet at this level

Big Sam is playing Tomkins in midfield, leaving Morrison, Lansbury & Collison on the bench

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That is a surprise, given that he spurned at least two Premier Leagueclubs to drop down into the Championship in the belief it would more quickly give him a chance of first-team football.

Inevitably, there have been rumours that Morrison has missed training sessions and has had bust-ups with senior players at West Ham but none of these is true.

Instead, the claims can be ascribed to the teenager’s troubled reputation going before him — and puzzlement as to why he has not played.

The truth is Morrison has buckled down, trained hard and appears far more focused on football since he moved to West Ham.

Which makes it all the more surprising that he can count on just nine minutes of regular time — plus five minutes of added time — against Leeds United on March 17 as his one only opportunity to play.

Certainly there is a degree of frustration from some within West Ham that Morrison, given his much-vaunted talent, has not been given greater opportunity in a team that has struggled in recent weeks. When the attacking midfielder joined West Ham they were top of the Championship, two points ahead of Southampton and nine clear of Reading. Today, they are third, six points behind Southampton and four in arrears to Reading.

They have lost only one of the 12 games since Morrison has been at the club but have been hit hard by seven draws, matches when creative players like the 19 year-old might have made a difference. A lack of match fitness when he arrived at West Ham kept Morrison out of the first-team squad while he picked up a slight injury 10 days ago and is only just back in training.

Yet he has only been on the bench on three occasions including the 1-1 draw at home to Doncaster Rovers when manager Sam Allardyce decided to bring on defender Danny Collins rather than Morrison or striker Nicky Maynard with 10 minutes to go and the team desperate for a winning goal.

West Ham signed Morrison for an initial £650,000 and the fee might rise to £3  million depending on appearances which is not a bad deal, albeit a slight gamble, for a player regarded as one of the most gifted Manchester United have produced in recent years and who dazzled in the 2011 FA Youth Cup final win over Sheffield United.

His problems are well chronicled — not least a magistrate’s warning that jail loomed unless he mended his ways — and while Sir Alex Ferguson gave up on him it was also generally accepted that a move away form Manchester might be the best for all parties. Perhaps, understandably, Allardyce is protecting him and does not want to expose such a young player to pressure; maybe next season he will start to use Morrison more frequently and in the tense atmosphere that has surrounded West Ham’s promotion campaign it might have been deemed best to hold back such a precocious character away from the hurly-burly of the Championship.

But those who know Morrison also know one thing: he needs to play if his resolve to reform himself is to be maintained.

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Would love this lad to develop into a consistent talent but I just can't help myself in thinking he's turning into the exact same path that Rohann Ricketts took.

Similar stature, similar style, similar background and coming off a big club to get their career going.

Rohan Rickets was touted to replace Denis Bergkamp at one point just like Ravel was supposed to take over from Scholes.

Too much their to be coincidence.

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Would love this lad to develop into a consistent talent but I just can't help myself in thinking he's turning into the exact same path that Rohann Ricketts took.

Similar stature, similar style, similar background and coming off a big club to get their career going.

Rohan Rickets was touted to replace Denis Bergkamp at one point just like Ravel was supposed to take over from Scholes.

Too much their to be coincidence.

:rofl:

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Football fans are turning fucked. Guys are talkin to me about sone aluko playing for united. But are not rating ravel Morrison. Some of you man don't actually watch full games or you're in a parallell universe.

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