The most talented young player Sir Alex Ferguson has seen on a training pitch is on the market and available. Aged 21. On a free transfer.
It was three years ago when Manchester United became tired of his antics and sent him packing. Now West Ham too have reached the conclusion Ravel Ryan Morrison is damaged goods.
Banned from West Ham’s first-team training ground as they continue to flirt with the top six, Sam Allardyce has demanded that he ‘changes his whole life’ and — in the meantime — trains with the reserves elsewhere in Essex, away from their Chadwell Heath base.
Morrison's only Premier League appearance for West Ham this season was against Southampton in August
Midfielder Morrison appears to smoke a cigar (left) and chats on the phone in August, 2014 (right)
The talented midfielder takes a shot against Brighton and Hove Albion during a loan spell at QPR last season
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Such is his declining reputation, Morrison — ambitiously considered by some to be a contender for the World Cup with England last summer — has let it be known that, if anyone will take him, he will sign a new contract with all the risk on his side.
Morrison is seeking a relatively modest £15,000 a week (the same wage he is paid by West Ham). And there is a further incentive for his next club: he is prepared to waive any right to compensation should a club terminate his employment for stepping out of line.
Even then, one Premier League chairman approached by Morrison’s advisers this week described it as ‘too risky’, and could not be convinced otherwise even when it was pointed out the risk was all Morrison’s.
In England, according to one source close to Morrison, clubs are ‘paralysed by fear’ when presented with the prospect of hiring him.
They can see he has ability, outrageous ability. And they remember the goals.
But they also fear, in the high-stakes world of Premier League football, that introducing Morrison to a dressing room could prove incredibly divisive.
One imagines they are influenced by the stories they hear; some well documented, some less so. But as events at Manchester Crown Court have demonstrated this week, not all of them are true.
Morrison poses with three friends in a picture posted to his official Instagram account in February 2014
Morrison was controversially pictured wearing an Arsenal home shirt before the start of the current season