Date: 6th July 2017 at 11:23am
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When Ravel Morrison first appeared on the scene in 2009, Sir Alex Ferguson supposedly described him as “the best player he`d ever seen at that age”.

Unquestionably a prodigious talent, Morrison`s career has since led a somewhat difficult path, with off-the-field issues blighting any real progress that he has been able to make both in England and on the continent.

This week the club announced that Morrison was to spend time training with the first team, and Harry Redknapp later confirmed on TalkSport that the Lazio man would spend the next month down at Wast Hills trying to earn himself a move.

Harry knows Ravel well from his time at QPR, but does the enigmatic 24-year-old really have something to offer him and Blues this time around?

Of course, Morrison is no stranger to Blues and the St Andrews faithful.

Back in 2012, Lee Clark took him on a season-long-loan from West Ham United.

For the most part, this was successful for both parties, with Morrison appearing 27 times, scoring three goals and registering three assists.

During that time, he showed fans real glimpses of his potential, but equally, there were also occasions where Morrison was lazy and ill-disciplined, and his work-ethic on the training ground was questioned on a number of occasions.

That being said, some of the touches of class that he showed on the pitch are enough to suggest that he certainly could still have something to offer Blues.

The fact that he knows the city and the club already may help him settle quickly and produce some of the quality performances that he is so clearly capable of.

However, just because his previous loan spell was successful, this doesn`t mean it will definitely work well for Blues again.

Diego Fabbrini and Robert Tesche are prime examples of this. Both players were excellent during their loan spells in 2015, but when they came back to the club they failed to reproduce the same sort of form, and they could now both quite possibly leave the club during this transfer window.

The same could apply to Morrison.

Just because it worked for him at Blues before its no guarantee that Redknapp will be able to get the best out of him again. Since he left West Ham in 2015 his career has gone quickly downhill and it certainly won`t be an easy job trying to get him back on track.

Morrison`s fate is now in his own hands.

In every generation, there is a group of players who show an immense amount of promise early on, but attitude and off-field issues end up preventing them from fulfilling their full potential.

Names like Nile Ranger spring to mind.

Seen as hot-property when he burst onto the scene at Newcastle United, most analysts believed that he could go on to score goals in the Premier League.

Dogged by personal problems, Ranger was released by Newcastle and now plays his football for League One side Southend United, far removed from the top-flight career many thought he was destined for.

If Morrison isn`t careful, his footballing career could follow a similar path, and he will do well to make the most of this exciting opportunity that Blues are giving to him.

It will certainly be interesting to see how Morrison performs over the coming weeks. This is quite possibly his last chance in English football, but with the right management he still clearly has a lot to offer at this level.

Redknapp this week said that he was the only mug in this country who will take a chance on Morrison. Whilst he knows that it is a risk, Redknapp must believe that he can use his experience to get Morrison back firing again, and if he is able to do this, the club could potentially have themselves a quality creative midfielder for the upcoming campaign.

 
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