Ravel Morrison's stock has, somewhat counter-intuitively, risen dramatically since leaving the biggest club in England and moving to the lowly surroundings of West Ham. A couple of fine performances for England Under-21s, including two in midweek, have helped him no end, while his form for the Hammers has also caught the eye.
Now that the senior England team have qualified for next summer's World Cup, there are even murmurings of the youngster standing an outside chance of making it to Brazil.
Recent England squads at major tournaments have seen the surprise inclusion of a few unproven youngsters. Theo Walcott in 2006 and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in 2012 spring to mind, and while Morrison is some way from international standard, Roy Hodgson has had a taste of praise for taking a risk on Andros Townsend and might just have a stab on Morrison this summer. For the time being, though, the West Ham player can be happy with his current run of form.
Little more than a highly-rated young prospect at Old Trafford, Morrison has developed into a West Ham regular, and having started the last four of their games, could play an integral part in their season. The recent 3-0 victory at Tottenham was one of the Hammers' best results in recent memory and Morrison, with an impressive WhoScored.com rating of 8.39, was at the hub of the performance.
Playing without a recognised striker, West Ham required their midfielders to bring the ball forward to attack as well as suffocate their opponents' attacks by crowding them out in central areas. Morrison performed his defensive duties with five tackles and interceptions and drove up field in possession to devastating effect, running from deep to score a wonderful individual goal to seal an astonishing smash-and-grab victory.
Then again for the England Under-21 side against Lithuania on Tuesday night, Morrison was given possession a long way from goal. Running from just inside the opponents' half he evade the challenge of two Lithuanian defenders before ever so coolly rounding the goalkeeper to score. A player so young, with such ability and the confidence to go with it has every chance of succeeding.
Attitude and controversy have been the main threats to the development of his career after run-ins with the law and the FA persuaded Sir Alex Ferguson that he wasn't worth the trouble and he needed to get away from Manchester. That he has done, and under the guidance of Sam Allardyce he seems to be shining.
Still only 20 years of age, Morrison has maturing to do both on a personal level and as a player. Talk has been widespread for a few years of his potential development into a great footballer and it seems with the chance at the top level now being offered to him, he has all the necessary ingredients available to continue his rise to prominence. If he carries on in his recent vein for West Ham and the England Under-21s, an unlikely call-up to the England first team might not be out of the question.
Alistair Tweedale on Twitter: @alitweedale
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