Ravel Morrison is undoubtedly a great English talent of the future. After initially emerging at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson chose to sell him due to off-field issues – despite Rio Ferdinand stating Ferguson labelled him as 'the best 14-year-old he'd ever seen'.
His talent has never been questioned, but his temperament has been repeatedly. Sam Allardyce took him to the Hammers in 2012 and for a while it appeared as though he'd be able to get the best out of him. His performance's have gone up a level this season and after a brilliant solo goal against Tottenham, fans were expecting to see more of the same for West Ham.
Things have taken a turn since then though and after seeing his chances in the first team limited yet again, the 21-year-old joined QPR on loan.
QPR team mate Nedum Onuoha said: "He's got an awful lot of potential. He's a good player now but if he continues to be nurtured and does things in the right way then he is going to be something special for the country."
With four goals in five appearances already to his name in a Hoops shirt, Morrison has started again to show the form that grabbed him all the headlines – and is now attracting attention from Newcastle boss Alan Pardew. The Magpies are favourites to sign him this summer as they are in desperate need of a replacement for Yohan Cabaye, but would a move to Newcastle be the right one for the youngster?
The problem lies not with the club itself, but the clubs manager. Pardew was handed a 10 game ban this month after head-butting an opposition player when losing his cool – that's not really the type of behaviour Morrison needs to be around. I'm also sure nobody needs to be reminded this isn't the first spot of controversy in Pardew's career after his sacking from Southampton and supposed debts to Mike Ashley.
England have a great group of players coming through the ranks from youth level, and Morrison has the chance to be a key player in that set-up. Despite all of the other talent that could pull on a three lions shirt one day, Ravel would be in your under 21 line up any day of the week – comparisons with Gazza this week cement that.
I could be jumping the gun here as Pardew does have a record of handling temperamental players well – Joey Barton as an example. It could be that Pardew is the perfect manager for Morrison. One who really believes in him and is willing to forget everything else and focus purely on his football.
But Morrison is 10 times the player Barton ever was and it's unclear whether such a risk should be taken with a player of Morrison's calibre. If I'm ever to see England win a World Cup it will be with the group of players currently developing, Morrison being one of them, and though there is talent amongst them you wouldn't want to take away a player like Morrison who can be pivotal in any match.
One of the greatest football minds ever, Sir Alex Ferguson, regarded Morrison as highly as any player he'd seen. And while Ferguson missed out on one Gascoigne, England surely can't miss out on the next.
Do you think a move to Newcastle would be good for Morrison?