Over the last few months the press have been giving us the distinct impression that Man United youngster Ravel Morrison is an idiot.
Witness intimidation, arguments with his girlfriend and mother, insulting United staff and coaches, and the usual Twitter nonsense. An impressive resume of destruction for one only 18. Joey Barton and El-Hadji Diouf stand in awe.
However Morrison has gone against this stereotype with his smart decision to join West Ham. He had other big money moves possible to clubs such as Newcastle, but he rejected these in favour of dropping down to the Championship.
Those close to Morrison say he made the move to get a better shot a regular first team football, something that he hopes will provide some stability for his life, as will the experienced hand of Big Sam
Many think the move will be good for him. Sir Alex couldn’t resist a departing comment in the post-Stoke press conference,
“The case with Ravel is well documented; I think he’s better out of Manchester to be honest with you.
He’s got a great talent, but having to deal with that is very important.”
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is confident Morrison will settle, and happy with the signing;
“Ravel is a talented lad and if he really wants to be a player then we will help him as much as we can along the way.
Perhaps a change of environment will be beneficial to him and help him make that step up to first-team football quicker than perhaps would have been the case at Manchester United. There is no doubt he has exceptional talent.”
West Ham have certainly taken a great leap of faith with a £650,000 fee, possibly rising to £2 million. They have also decided to let Ravel live alone in a 4 star hotel. After all footballers have such a great history for being impeccably behaved in hotels.
West ham have however been smarter with their contract offer. Ravel’s contract and salary is tied into his performances. In short the more he plays, the more he’s paid. Money can be a great motivator for a teenager (well, for anyone really).
If Morrison can turn around his private life, then West Ham will have a hell of a signing on their hand. That however is a big ‘if’.