Stefano Pioli sounds pleased to be getting his hands on the English talent.
West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison looks set to leave the club soon, with Italian side Lazio his apparent destination. The Telegraph reported this week that Morrison had agreed a move to Lazio in the summer, when his contract with West Ham comes to an end.
The Hammers star is out of contract at the end of the season and he posted a picture on Instagram of what will likely be his Lazio shirt should he complete his move.
Now, the manager tasked with taming him at Lazio, has been speaking about his potential arrival. Stefano Pioli has told Tutto Mercato Web how highly he rates the player, but also maintained that the deal is not yet done:
"He is a quality player, I think that is obvious. He has lots of strength and can change pace. The [medical] assessments seen are only in video, however, the deal is not complete."
Pioli though will surely realise he has an incredible task on his hands should Morrison make his way to the Italian capital.
In his career Morrison has worked with some fantastic managers, including those who have reputations for handling mavericks and so called 'bad boys'.
Sir Alex Ferguson could not tame him at Manchester United. Harry Redknapp could not get the best out of him at QPR. Meanwhile, his current boss Sam Allardyce has seemingly given up his chances of a West Ham career for Morrison. The Hammers boss had a team full of mercurial options such as Nicolas Anelka, Jay Jay Okocha and Youri Djorkaeff when he was Bolton Wanderers boss.
Yet all three have not decided to keep Morrison firing on the pitch, and not misfiring off of it.
Pioli may indeed realise he has a talent in his hands but he must also be sure to know how difficult a task he has on his hands.