It has been a few months since the papers have dug up something about the continuing football travails of West Ham pain Ravel Morrison, the England Under-21 whose rap sheet includes witness intimidation and refusing to drink anything but the Irons’ branded water.
The former Manchester United youth, who has shown promise and petulance in equal measure so far in his short career, apparently refused to have an operation on his groin early this summer, and also moaned about long-haul flights to New Zealand for Sam Allardyce’s side’s pre-season tour.
Here are a few other things the seemingly-irredeemable Wythenshawe native simply will not do.
Pass to Matt Jarvis
The bete noir of the Boleyn Ground lasted just two games before being packed off to QPR on loan, after West Ham’s hilarious 5-0 FA Cup third-round drubbing at the hands of Championship Nottingham Forest.
Winger Jarvis was left with his hands on his hips out wide, as Morrison continually refused to send even the easiest of balls his way.
It seems the £10m former Wolves man won that battle…
Listen to Kevin Nolan
“Kevin looks after him very well. I think he arranges his supper at the right time and makes sure he is tucked up in very good time to get a full night’s sleep.”
Then-Newcastle coach Chris Hughton back in October 2010, on Nolan’s unorthodox-but-effective chaperoning of then-troubled Toon striker Andy Carroll.
“He went on loan last year, because his attitude stunk when he first came here, there’s no ifs and or buts about it – he knew it… I have no doubt in the future that if he keeps doing what he’s doing, keeps working hard, he’ll be in the England squad…in no time.”
West Ham captain Nolan three years later on Morrison, after the Mancunian’s wonder-goal at Spurs.
‘No time’ may be a while.
While the 21-year-old is no Andros Townsend, who had completed eight loan moves by his fellow winger’s age, Morrison may turn out for his fifth senior side next term if West Ham get rid.
Another difference between the pair is that the Spurs and England winger is yet to be sent away from a club for acting up.
Quicken up his passing
Norwich winger Nathan Redmond explained the ‘issues’ between Morrison and Wilfried Zaha after England Under-21’s clash with Lithuania last November:
“Rav’s a class player, sometimes he just has to move the ball a little bit quicker…Sometimes you do get a little bit frustrated with him but you just have to let Rav be Rav because of the things he is capable of.”
Spot the operative word (it begins with f).
He didn’t want to go for a groin operation out of ‘fear’ (surely contrariness was the more likely cause), he doesn’t fancy long-haul flights during pre-season, and Allardyce is thought to be done with indulging his moods.
A long and continually disappointing career – not unlike that of former Swansea skill-merchant Lee Trundle – surely awaits poor ‘Rav’ in the lower leagues.