The talented midfielder scored the Hammers’ third goal in a 3-0 win over Spurs on Sunday and looks to be finally meeting his potential.
The former Manchester United youth player has had a colourful career to date, with disciplinary problems blighting his time at Old Trafford. However, following his switch to Upton Park and a strong start to the new season, it appears that Morrison is getting back on the straight and narrow.
Here is what his goal and impressive early season form signify for:
Sunday’s victory was much-needed for West Ham after an underwhelming start to the season, with the Hammers only scoring four goals in their first six games.
However, with Morrison seemingly firing on all cylinders at the start of the season, Sam Allardyce has a young star that could reignite the club’s attack. Signed for a paltry fee of only £650,000, Morrison is looking like a real star in the making at Upton Park.
Adnan Januzaj is the latest superstar to break into the Manchester United first team, with the 18-year-old predicted to be the next big thing. However, it could have been Morrison in his place as the superstar to become a regular in the Old Trafford starting XI.
With the likes of Nani, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young failing to inspire, Morrison’s departure and the immediate overdependence on Januzaj is less than ideal for the Premier League champions.
A morale-sapping defeat, Tottenham’s defence was badly exposed by Morrison’s turn of pace and close footwork in West Ham’s decisive third goal. Captain Michael Dawson had no answer to the onrushing Morrison and was beaten easily by the 20-year-old.
This is the second game in a row that Dawson has been beaten all ends up by an attacker with space to run at him. Fernando Torres did likewise in a mazy second-half run in the Chelsea clash, and it was only a smart save by Hugo Lloris that foiled the Spaniard.
Dawson’s lack of pace and flat-footedness has been badly exposed in both cases, and is an issue to address for Tottenham.
If England can get the required results in upcoming World Cup qualifiers, Roy Hodgson should be keeping a close eye on Morrison. If someone like Andros Townsend can force his way into the England reckoning, there is no reason why Morrison should not be considered also.
If the youngster can prove that he has sorted out his attitude, he could be a real wildcard for the Three Lions in Brazil.
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