Sam Allardyce says Ravel Morrison was potentially a £50m player

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce worked with Lazio midfielder Ravel Morrison at West Ham United.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has suggested to The Sun that Ravel Morrison is unlikely to fulfil his promise.

Allardyce, who was appointed the Black Cats’ boss last week, worked with the 22-year-old midfielder during his time at West Ham United.

The Hammers signed the former England Under-21 international from Manchester United in January 2012, but the youngster left the London outfit in February 2015.

Morrison is now on the books of Italian club Lazio, and Allardyce has suggested that the youngster could have been worth £50 million.

“Ravel Morrison was much talked about but rarely delivered,” the former Newcastle United manager told The Sun.

“Alex Ferguson warned me he was a handful but West Ham owner David Sullivan wanted him and thought the risk was worth it.”

“Rav was potentially a £50m player but he has blown his career and it’s unlikely to happen for him now,” added Allardyce.

Having worked closely with Morrison, Allardyce will know more than most what the youngster is capable of.

However, claiming that the midfielder has blown away his career is a bit premature. After all, Morrison is only 22 years of age and has enough time to get things right for himself.

Morrison has featured in two Serie A games for Lazio so far this season, creating one chance in the process.

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