Former Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison seems to be on the verge of a move to the blue half of Manchester.
Ravel Morrison was a very exciting player during his Manchester United days, with many at the club comparing him to the dynamic and legendary Paul Scholes in the current side.
However, he never quite made the most of his first team chances which has seen him end up in the Championship with the financially troubled Birmingham City on loan from his current employers West Ham United
He’s been playing very well and very consistently in Birmingham with his Championship stats reading 24 appearances, two goals and three assists which is not too shabby a record upon reflection.
He returns to the Hammers from his loan spell at the end of May and seems to have sparked a little bit of interest from Manchester City, which has to be a lot more than the club simply looking to stick it to United by signing their former player.
It’s an intriguing move considering he can’t even get into the West Ham first team at the moment but it could be an investment more than anything else as he’s still 20-years-old and still has the same potential he possessed at Old Trafford.
He’s on a long contract with the Hammers, which expires in the summer of 2015 but money isn’t an issue to Manchester City who have resources they can draw on whenever they need to, cost control regardless.
The only thing which may prevent this deal is Morrison’s desire to develop as a professional and simply play games.
Think of how many players, young stars, City have signed in the recent past, before those players have been forced to warm the bench for the higher profile players in the current squad.
If Morrison moves to the Etihad and does that for a couple of seasons then he’ll soon find himself 22-years-old and with nothing other than a big contract to show for his efforts so far.
However, City are now too big a club, with too much pressure, to sign a player simply for the sake of doing so which means if Morrison goes to the Etihad, he needs to be ready and chomping at the bit to snap up any chance he gets.
The only way he can prove United wrong in a City shirt is to literally play out of his skin when he gets a chance to do so. If he does that then he will quickly become a first team regular.
What seems more likely is City making a solid investment and then loaning him out in the same way West Ham have done, which prevents the chances that his career will go backwards by sitting on the bench.
It will certainly be compelling to see whether he makes a better show of things than he did during his days at Old Trafford.
Worth a punt City fans or another empty investment?
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