Manchester United academy graduate Ravel Morrison is set for yet another move in a nomadic career, to Swedish outfit Ostersund, as reported by the Guardian.
But TalkSport quoted Rio Ferdinand last year as stating Sir Alex Ferguson once told him that Morrison was better than Wayne Rooney as a young player.
Given the precocious nature of Rooney’s talent and Ferguson’s expertise and success when it came to developing young players, that is quite some praise.
So still aged just 26 – the same age as former youth team-mate Jesse Lingard and one year younger than another, Paul Pogba – why is Morrison set to sign for the eighth club of his career?
Ferdinand states that Morrison simply didn’t have the focus or concentration to perform consistently week-in, week-out, which is what it takes to succeed at a club like United.
His former manager Warren Joyce (Independent) said in 2017 that Morrison was sometimes in trouble with the law and made to do community service; despite the guidance of everybody at United, he could not be stopped from going off the rails.
He tells the story of a nice lad who needed help in certain areas, but could never take on board the lessons from those who cared about him and make the most of his undoubted talent.
And Morrison still has time to turn his career around – if the penny drops, he has the ability to please managers and fans alike – and taking a look at the determination his fellow academy graduate Lingard has shown to battle into first-team contention would be a good place to start.
Otherwise, Morrison faces being yet another heartbreaking waste of English talent.