Sheffield United have announced the signing of Ravel Morrison on a one-year deal after impressing at the team’s pre-season training camp in Portugal.
The 26-year-old was part of Manchester United’s FA Youth Cup-winning team back in 2011 which also included the likes of Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba.
But after being sold by the Red Devils in 2011, he failed to make an impact at West Ham and was loaned out to Birmingham, QPR and Cardiff during his time there.
After just 24 games across four seasons at Upton Park, he was signed by Lazio in 2015 but still the Englishman did not get a starting place as he found himself farmed out to Mexican side Atlas and had another stint at QPR.
Now he joins up with Chris Wilder’s squad in a bid to resurrect a career which has not lived up to expectations.
Following the likes of Callum Robinson and Luke Freeman through the door, Morrison now has a chance of proving he can cut it in the Premier League.
Sir Alex Ferguson once referred to him as the best youth player he’d ever seen, so if they can eek out even a modicum of that talent then they will have a creative player who could steal them a handful of points which prove crucial at the end of the season.
Though there have been question marks in regards to his attitude even from a young age (Daniel Taylor wrote about his problems off the field in the Guardian back in 2011), pundit David Preece recently called him a ‘lovely fella’ on Twitter after working with him in Sweden, so perhaps the Blades could be in for a different character than the one United faced all those years ago.
It is also worth considering the fact that the Blades scored fewer goals last season than both Norwich and Aston Villa and, so are by that measure, the promoted side who need to strengthen the most upfront if they are to compete in the top flight.
Also, John Fleck was the only player in their side last season who registered double figures worth of assists (WhoScored), so they do need that bit of creativity to improve them in the Premier League. To put that into context, Morrison recorded more shots per game during his season with QPR in the Championship (2013/14, where he played the most football in his career) than Fleck (3.1 to 1.1) and completed more dribbles (2.3 to 1.3), so that kind of attacking impetus could be useful.
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