Harry Redknapp is ready to come to the rescue of West Ham renegade Ravel Morrison, with the Hammers poised to release the controversy-magnet 21-year-old.
A recent loan spell at Cardiff went south, prompting the Bluebirds to send the Manchester United academy alumni back to Upton Park, but Redknapp reckons under his wing the trouble-making talent will abstain from making further off-field misdemeanours.
He told Talksport:
“There has got to be a problem with Ravel if Sir Alex Ferguson can’t deal with him and Big Sam can’t deal with him, so he needs to sort himself out, but he is a real talent and when he was with me he was as good as gold.”
Redknapp’s R’s side are in the market for cost-effective acquisitions in January, but with no money available to buy new players, loan deals and freebies are being sourced by their recruitment team.
Should Morrison get the chop at West Ham, it’s almost certain that the Super Hoops – 17/2 to win their first away match of the season at Arsenal next – will approach him as their master of motivation manager is confident of resurrecting his career.
And why shouldn’t he be? He’s no stranger at attempting this Good Samaritan act, as these examples attest:
Frozen out at Chelsea, one-time toilet seat thief Johnson was loaned by Portsmouth, managed by Redknapp at the time.
His impressive end to the 2006/07 campaign resulted in a permanent move to Fratton Park where he realised his potential and earned a big-money move to Liverpool and has spent the time ever since being chastised as a substandard defender.
Johnson owes it all to Redknapp and he isn’t afraid to acknowledge it:
“…it’s fair to say it was when he (Redknapp) signed me for Portsmouth that he really rescued my career. He gave me a chance when it was going wrong for me at Stamford Bridge.”
Another to attract trouble during his junior years as though it were a picnic basket to Yogi Bear, Barton has seized the opportunity to showcase his obvious talent on the biggest stage thank to the former Tottenham boss.
After being exiled to Marseille for the 2012/13 season by Mark Hughes, it appeared he had no future at Loftus Road.
When he returned from France though, the Welshman had been sacked and Redknapp was in charge.
Keen to utilise his talents, he made the former Manchester City man the lynchpin of his promotion-winning midfield.
Paolo Di Canio
Arguably the biggest act of rebel reversion Redknapp ever committed was with fiery Italian Di Canio, signing him for West Ham after he was banned for 11 matches for shoving Paul Alcock when playing for Sheffield Wednesday.
He hadn’t kicked a ball since the suspension prior to his move to Upton Park, but ended the 1998/99 campaign with five goals in 13 outings as he rapidly grew earned legend status amongst the Hammers faithful.